Jesus, the Son of God, understands our pain. He IS our blessed Redeemer and friend. When He left His heavenly throne and took on human form (for our sakes), He endured all the frailty found in our fleshly bodies. Not one abuse, sorrow, trouble, struggle, or upset we experience was absent from His life. He lived them all. He is a Lord full of great compassion and understanding when it comes to mankind.
Jesus had siblings and there were bound to be jealousies and misunderstandings within His earthly family. Although He was without sin, He must have experienced the sting of an insult or an unkind word from someone He loved. He experienced family dynamics.
He knew the pain of a friend’s betrayal. Disappointment was no stranger to our Savior. Emotional ties are often entangled with sin and can cause great pain, for love is a tender feeling. Surely Judas broke His heart.
“Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.” Mark 15:21-22 (NKJV)
“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:5 (NIV)
If you have had to suffer through a desperate and painful time without the support of friends and family, Jesus understands that struggle too. Did He not face His death with only His mother, His Aunt, Mary Magdalene, and the apostle John? Where were the rest of the apostles? Where were His earthly siblings?
When Christ carried His cross to Golgotha, He did so in a weakened state. His 40 lashes and beatings had weakened Him to the point of utter exhaustion. Here comes a wondrous concept. Jesus, of the holy Trinity and God in flesh, could not physically carry His cross. It was too much for Him to bear. He experienced human fragility and the Roman soldiers compelled a Simon a Cyrenian to bear His cross.
We are all expected to carry our own burdens in life but when a strain comes our way that is beyond our ability to withstand, God will send help. He will provide us with a way to endure and carry on with the task He has assigned.
“And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.” John 19:17-18 (NKJV)
By showing kindness to those suffering, we share in their sufferings. Just as Simon helped to carry the same cross of Jesus, we are to carry the cross of others when they are too worn to move forward. God permits us the blessing of sharing in His sufferings, this really is a gift worth rejoicing over.
Praise the name Jesus! He knows my weakness and understands my limitations. He calls and provides others to share in my struggle as they willingly carry my burdens when I cannot. Through prayers, acts of love, and physical acts of assistance they share in my suffering and therefore the sufferings of Christ. Certainly it is by His wounds that we are all healed.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17 (NIV)
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:25-17 (NKJV)