Blessed are those who know the Christ of suffering.
As John Steinbeck wrote, “It means very little to know that a million Chinese are starving unless you know one Chinese who is starving.”
How often have you doubted Jesus’ ability to understand the difficulties you are experiencing? He suffered three years of rejection, spent forty days in the wilderness tempted by the devil, was scoffed at, and misunderstood by His friends. You accept He went to the cross and died so you could live, but many people have gone through worse, haven’t they? There is something about Jesus that few realize.
Not everyone is an Empath, not everyone is a sympathetic person, and not everyone has compassion. But Jesus possesses all three. Jesus has sympathy for you which means He cares how little or much you are suffering. He is an Empath in the purest sense. The devil uses it as a counterfeit to God’s abilities. Only God sees into people’s souls. Jesus experiences just what and how your emotions are tearing you apart. He cries with you because He’s living this moment with you. Now He wants to do something about it which defines compassion.
What is divine alone is He never tires of being present for you or weary of the burden you are carrying? He offers to carry it for you. What He does, no number of people or amount of money can accomplish; He suffers with you. Nor does He leave you there but sets about working on your behalf for a resolution.
Because He knows the source of the pain, He has the answer and solution. Give Him time for love to work it out.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:3-8 NIV
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.