I’m a speck – just one person. He’s too busy to care about my problems, hurts or loneliness. We all have these thoughts. We don’t immediately go to Him in prayer or we feel that we’ve gone too much, maybe with the same request, over and over. We secretly think that God could never understand or relate to our pain or that He becomes impatient with us. When we feel this way, it is rooted in our misunderstanding of the character of God.
Pour over God’s word and you’ll see endless evidence that He cares for each of us with an everlasting love. Why then do we seem to perceive God as limited? It’s because we have a tendency to measure God by human capabilities. Read about Him and let the wonder of His greatness amaze you. Recently, God opened my eyes about something and I want to share it with you. It is one of the clearest examples of His ability to be outside of human limitations – the words spoken by Jesus during His crucifixion, the most horrific form of punishment ever invented.
Jesus was fully man and fully God and since He endured as a man, He demonstrated that He is acquainted with human pain and suffering. He suffered physical, mental and emotional pain but He also suffered the great loneliness of separation from God the Father. Here is the wonder of all of this. Jesus didn’t retreat within himself during His time of suffering. He reached out. He spoke the following from the cross:
>He extended great mercy to those that were killing Him. Luke 23:34 “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!” When we’ve been hurt badly, it is hard to forgive but refusing to forgive steals our peace. Christ shows us that it is possible to immediately forgive, even the most heinous offense.
>He forgave the criminal in his lowliest condition. Luke 23:43 “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise!” Christ does not require that we clean ourselves up in order to come to Him.
>He displayed His tender care for our needs. John 19:26-27 “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother!” He cared and gave them to each other. Jesus knows that we need to take care of each other.
>He demonstrated his anguish and abandonment. Mark 15:34 “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me!” This statement, during what is possibly His worst moments on the cross, evidences that Christ really understands our great loneliness and despair.
>He suffered from the basic need of water. John 19:28 “I thirst!” He proves that He understands our human needs.
>He exclaimed victory over sin. John 19:30 “It is finished!” He declares victory so that we know that through Him, we will have victory.
>Finally, He declared His contentment and reunion with His Father. Luke 23:46 “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit!” Jesus understands relationship and He knows the hurt of separation as well as the joy of reunion with those that we love.
His brain was exploding with physical and emotional pain. Loneliness. Nerves on fire from the ripped and fatigued muscles, open wounds and the penetration of thorns and nails. The crushing of his heart and lungs as fluid pushed in and the misery of extreme thirst. For Him to speak, must have been nearly impossible in human terms but He chose these moments to tell us that He knows and relates to our sorrows. He also chose a moment to tell us that He completed the payment for our sins. Nothing but our faith and trust is necessary. Salvation is Christ plus absolutely nothing.
When you are tempted to think that you’re too small or that He’s too busy or that He doesn’t understand or relate to your despair, remember that He chose these moments during His great suffering, to show us the magnitude of His ability to always care for us. Yes, Jesus died for our salvation but He also died for every little thing too.