God Does Feel Our Pain But The Question Is Do You Feel God's Pain
We often hear about tragedies all around the world and we as Christian often feel a sense of sorrow for those affected people. No matter how hard we try, we can’t fully imagine what those people have gone through, and are going through right now. One of the saddest stories that I have heard in the aftermath of a storm was that there was a man who tried to cling to his wife, but couldn’t. As his wife slipped away from his grasp she told him to take care of the kids! The only way that I can genuinely feel that man’s pain is by being him.
How then can God possibly know our suffering?
How can God genuinely feel our pain?
I once heard about a King who really wanted to know his people, and feel what they felt. And so, he laid aside his royal robes, put on some old work clothes, left his palace behind, and went and lived among the people!
This is how God is able to feel our pain.
Our text tells us that Christ became lower than the angels. He became a man so that he might experience the suffering of humanity. Because he became a man he can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities (disease, sickness, weakness). In the gospel of John 1 John describes how Jesus became a man. "He became flesh, and dwelt among us!"
Hebrews 2:18 tells us in that he himself suffered temptation, he is able to succor (to help) them that are tempted.
The prophet Isaiah wrote of Christ several hundred years before his birth, and describes him with these words...... "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: (malady, anxiety, calamity). The God who gave us the dignity of freedom of choice now takes upon himself the consequences of our wrong choices. For whatever reason God chose to make people as they are -
Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus;
He’s a friend who always cares and understands;
Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find him,
And you’ll know him by the nail prints in his hands.
Does God know our pain?
Yes he does because he became one of us!
Not only does he know our pain, but he experienced our pain first hand. If you look for Christ in the N.T. during his life, you will always find him among the hurting, the sick, the deprived, the destitute.
You will find him not where the pleasure is, but where the pain is.
you’ll find him at the side of lepers, and the lame.
Does God know our pain? Yes because:
I. You Will Find God In The Storms!
Several of the disciples were fisherman, they had much experience with storms, yetMatthew 14describes a time when the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee when a storm arose. The ship was tossed by the waves, and the wind. The disciples were horrified. They had never before experienced such a storm; but in the early hours of the morning Christ came to them walking on the water!
Why does God allow storms?
Could it be because it is in the storms that we see him?
In our storms of life we find him and we cry out to him.
In our storms of life we depend upon him.
It has been my experience that it is during the storms that I look for God the most. During my storms of life that I pray the most and it is also the time when I sense his presence the most. Though their have been times in my life when I have questioned the very existence of God, he has never once failed to come to me.
No matter what kind of situation you find yourself in
No matter what you might be going through or facing
You will find God in the storm
He will come to you!
II. You Will Find God Among The Suffering!
It has often been in hospitals where I have sensed God’s presence the greatest, and seen him at work! I have a very dear friend Mrs. Pauline McLaughlin who pasted away a few years ago with cancer. Despite knowing she was leaving this world to the first death this woman of God was full of joy. I would visit her or call her sometimes during her last hours to encourage and comfort her but she would always manage to somehow turn things around and encourage me. I saw God in the face of this woman. I sensed her peace.
Jesus spent time in the temple but he spent a large amount of his time out in the streets, and on the hillsides with people who were suffering. He sensed their pain, and was moved with compassion as he saw them suffer! Listen to his words in Matthew 9:12 They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
I read a story one day about a little boy who was about to undergo open heart surgery. "Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began, "I’ll open up your heart.
"You’ll find Jesus there," the boy interrupted. The surgeon looked up, annoyed. "I’ll cut your heart open," he continued, "to see how much damage has been done..." "But when you open up my heart, you’ll find Jesus in there." The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly. "When I see how much damage has been done, I’ll sew your heart and chest back up and I’ll plan what to do next.""But you’ll find Jesus in my heart. The bible says he lives there. The hymns all say he lives there. You’ll find him in my heart." The surgeon had had enough. -
Why did you do this?
You’ve put him here; you’ve put him in this pain; and you’ve cursed him to an early death. Why?
The Lord answered and said, "The boy, my lamb, was not meant for your flock for long, for he is a part of my flock, and will forever be. Here, in my flock, he will feel no pain, and will be comforted as you cannot imagine. His parents will one day join him here, and they will know peace, and my flock will continue to grow." The surgeon’s tears were hot, but his anger was hotter. "You created that boy, and you created that heart. He’ll be dead in months. Why?" The Lord answered, "The boy, my lamb, shall return to my flock, for he has done his duty: I did not put my lamb with your flock to lose him, but to retrieve another lost lamb." The surgeon wept. The surgeon sat beside the boy’s bed; the boy’s parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?" "Yes," said the surgeon. "What did you find?" asked the boy. "I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.
III. You Will Find God Among The Sorrowful!
John 11 gives the account of the death of Lazarus one of his dearest friends. As Jesus arrived at his home he was met by Mary, a sister of Lazarus. He listen to her pain. Vs. 32 states when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Then we read one of the most amazing verses in the Bible. Vs. 35 "Jesus wept"
Why did Jesus weep?
Was it over the death of his friend Lazarus?
It was when he saw the weeping of those that loved Lazarus that caused him to weep as well.
He felt for them
He sensed their pain, and he wept!
If you are experiencing sorrow today you will find God in your sorrow!
IV. You Will Find God Among The Sinful!
Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him!
Look for Jesus in the N.T. and you’ll find him at the home of a sinful man eating lunch.
Look for Jesus and you’ll find him in Samaria talking to a sinful woman by a well.
Look for Jesus and you’ll find him in a cemetery with a man possessed by a demon.
Look for Jesus and you’ll find him on a cross dying for sinners!
Where there is pain you will find him!
God knows your pain because he became a man. He suffered as a man and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross! "There cannot be a God of love," many people say, "because if there was, and he looked upon the world, his heart would break." The church points to the cross and says, "It did break"
God knows the pain of humanity because he sent his only Son!
Here is something I want to read to you in my conclusion. I’m not sure of the author but I love to hear it.
Moment by moment I’m kept in his love; Moment by moment I’ve life from above; Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine. Never a trial that he is not there, Never a burden that he doth not bear, Never a sorrow that he doth not share, Moment by moment, I’m under his care. Never a heartache, and never a groan, Never a teardrop and never a moan; Never a danger but there on the throne, Moment by moment he thinks of his own. Never a weakness that he doth not feel, Never a sickness that he cannot heal; Moment by moment, in woe or in weal, Jesus my Savior, abides with me still.
Now that you know that God feels your pain, I must ask you again; do you feel God’s pain.
What is God pain?
Every time we sin God feels pain
Every time someone denies God and his son Jesus Christ God feels pain
Every time we doubt God he feels pain
Every time we ignore God he feels pain
Every time we place anything before him God feels pain
Every time we mistreat others or even ourselves God feels pain.
Do you get the picture here? God does feel pain and the saddest part about the pain that God feels is not the pain itself but the fact that God’s own creation (MANKIND – YOU – and I) are causing God this Pain. If you are a parent and your child disobeys you for any reason you would more than likely want to punish that child to teach them a life lesson to obey you.
Have you caught on yet?
You are God’s child. When you disobey God for any reason God will punish you to teach you a life lesson.
What life lesson you may ask?
Heaven or Hell -
You cannot simply pick one at your time of judgment. You must pick one now while you yet live amongst mankind. In picking one (Heaven or Hell) you select by your actions. Do you serve God or are you doing your own thing out in the world of sin? Think about this message and think about your life. Are you heading in the direction of heaven or in hell’s direction? If you need a turn around in your life, please let me introduce you to Jesus Christ. He will save you if you confess him. Open your heart to Jesus right now and let us pray.