Jesus Understands Your Pain

Why Jesus Understands Your Pain

Reading Matthew 26:23-49 where Judas betrays Jesus, I began to weep. I had recently suffered a betrayal in my own life, and it helped me understand a tiny part of Christ’s pain.

And what a blessing to know He understands my pain. 

Have you poured your life into friends or family members only to have them desert you in your time of need? The disciples did this to Jesus (Matthew 26:38-46;55-56). Jesus understands your pain.

Have you been physically abused? They physically abused our Lord (Matthew 27:26).  Jesus understands your pain.

Have you been mocked? People mocked Jesus as he was beaten and dying (Matthew 27:27-31). He understands your pain.

Have you taken the blame for something you didn't do? Jesus suffered for our sins (1 Peter 3:17-18). He understands your pain.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15

Why Jesus Understands Your Pain

An Incredible Prophecy of Christ's Death

Psalm 22: An Incredible Prophecy of Christ's Death

Have you ever heard the saying:
The Old Testament is Christ concealed. The New Testament is Christ revealed.

It’s true.

For example:

Christ is present in Creation but we don’t fully understand His presence until we read of it in the New Testament (Colossians 1:16).(1)

Christ's victory over sin and Satan is predicted after the fall in Genesis 3:15, but we don’t fully understand this phrase until the New Testament (Romans 16:20; 1 John 3:8).

Throughout Scripture, God leaves "clues" and Psalm 22 is a special one - a clue of Christ’s death written hundreds of years before His coming.

Please read these linked verses and be amazed at the deliberate way God planted clues of Jesus in the Old Testament.

Psalm 22:1 -- Matthew 27:46

Psalm 22:7-8 -- Luke 23:35-36
Psalm 22:16 -- Acts 2:23
Psalm 22:18 -- Mark 15:24
It is also believed that Psalm 22:17 refers to none of Christ's bones being broken on the cross (John 19:36).
(1) Several clues tell us that the trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were present at creation: The Spirit (Genesis 1:2), "Let us make mankind" (Genesis 1:26).

Read this wonderful list of clues of Jesus in every Old Testament Book.

I encourage you to read this 1-minute devotion that also talks about the clues and whispers of God: God's Mercy is Beyond Comprehension.

Psalm 22: An Incredible Prophecy of Christ's Death

Opportunities With Thorns

An interesting way to look at problems from a Biblical perspective

After we'd been working together for several months, my Hungarian friend said she appreciated how Americans looked at problems.

Today's one-minute devotion shares an interesting name for problems and encouragement from Romans 5. 

Opportunities With Thorns

4 More Half-Truths Many Christians Believe

4 More Half-Truths Many Christians Believe - part 2 in a series

This is second in the series "Half-Truths Christians Believe." 

Mark Twain said, "A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies." 

Half-truths are more dangerous than outright lies, and Satan, the father of lies, has been using them from the time he tempted Eve. 

He told Eve that she would be like God, knowing good from evil. That was half true. (For more on Satan's tactics when tempting Eve and tempting Jesus, see: Half-Truths Are More Deceptive.)

Yes, half-truths have always troubled the Christian community and only as we carefully study God's Word can we avoid them. 

So take a look at the four half-truths below. At first glance, you might agree with them, but I encourage you to study each with an open mind and an open Bible.

Please read the linked devotions and the Scriptures they reference. Thanks!  To read part 1: Half Truths 1-4.

Half-truth #5: God loves me just the way I am.
God accepts us just the way we are, but He is not content to leave us there. These links explain why:
Have Christians Forgotten How Much God Hates Sin?
We're No Longer Dead Men

Half-truth #6: Good works have no place in the Christian life because we’re saved by grace.
Christians have a major mental block when it comes to separating the elements of salvation and the elements of life in Christ. These links explain why:
Faith + Nothing = Salvation + Works
The Place of Good Works
Salvation Through Grace, Works Through Love
Works is Not a Dirty Word

Half-truth #7: God sees all sins the same.
If you say something often enough, people begin to think it's true. That's why this is such a popular half-truth. Any sin will send a man to Hell if he doesn't accept Christ, and any sin (except one) can be forgiven. But that is where the equality of sins ends. Scripture differentiates between sins for good reasons. These links explain more:
All Sins Are Not the Same
Lies Some Christians Believe - All Sins are the Same
3 Earthly Consequences of Sin

Half-truth #8: God sees all Christians the same.
Our culture has decided that a "fair" God sees the least devoted Christian the same as the most devoted. Scripture doesn't agree. These links explain why:
A Trophy for Everyone?
Those Who Earnestly Seek Him
Dusty Mirrors 

4 More Half-Truths Many Christians Believe - part 2 in a series

Responsibility for Our God-Given Purposes

Taking Responsibility for Our God-Given Purposes

To whom much is given, much is required.

God takes into account our knowledge, opportunities, and skills whenever judging our actions.

Scripture states this as a warning:

Luke 12:48: When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

But Scripture also states it as a privilege:

Ephesians 2:10: we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God gives us knowledge so we will walk in wisdom.

He gives us skills and opportunities so our service to His kingdom can be enjoyable, meaningful, and effective.

We can choose to be the faithful servants or the unfaithful servant described in the parable of the talents.

Whether street cleaner or executive, store owner or homemaker, every resource, skill, and opportunity is a gift from our Lord.

Let’s use them for His glory!
I encourage you to check out this 1-minute devotion: 4 Ways to Develop Your God-Given Gifts

To do a short Bible study on this devotion see today's Bite Size Bible study.

Taking Responsibility for Our God-Given Purposes

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