Does Jesus Understand Your Pain?

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Yes, He does!

Consider this direct prophecy of Jesus Christ from the book of Isaiah.; fulfilled in book of Matthew.

The Lord God has given Me [His Servant, Messiah] the tongue of disciples [as One who is taught],

That I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.

He awakens Me morning by morning,

He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple [as One who is taught].

5 The Lord God has opened My ear,

And I have not been rebellious

Nor have I turned back.

6 I turned My back to those who strike Me,

And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;

I did not hide My face from insults and spitting.

7 For the Lord God helps Me,

Therefore, I have not been ashamed or humiliated.

Therefore, I have made My face like flint,

And I know that I shall not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50:4-7).

 

Here the Lord Jesus Christ is speaking as the servant, and as the obedient servant of the Father. You remember He said, “I came not to do My will but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 5:30). I do always those things that please the Father” (John 8:29). Here he said, “The Lord God hath opened my ear, I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.”

He submitted Himself to the Father’s will. It’s a beautiful picture of the submission of Jesus Christ unto the Father, even to the death of the cross.

We are told in the scripture that Pilate had Him scourged. Now the scourging was a beating of thirty-nine stripes laid across the back of a prisoner with a whip that they call the cat-of-nine-tails whip. It was a leather whip with little bits of cut glass and lead imbedded in it that would rip open the flesh. The purpose of the scourging was to elicit confessions.

A refusal to confess, each lick would be a little harder, again, to encourage confession. “And as the lamb before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). He said, “I gave my back to the smiters.” But He had no sins or crimes against man to confess. And Jesus was scourged by the Roman government. He received thirty-nine stripes, laid across His back.

We are told that they covered His face and they began to buffet Him. They began to hit Him. Now when you can see a blow coming, you have certain natural reflexes of fainting with that blow so that you more or less cushion the blow by an automatic reflex of pulling your head back as you see the blow coming. Our bodies are marvelously coordinated. So our minds have an automatic reflex action, even as you blink your eyes there is a certain pulling back reflex when you see a blow coming that cushions the blow. Otherwise, boxers would kill each other all the time in the ring. But you see how they are moving and you do that instinctively and automatically. Now they covered the face of Jesus so He could not see the blows coming. So that He could not instinctively pull back. So that the blows landed on His face with full force until they had beaten Him to the place where His face was so bloated and so marred, and along with them pulling our His beard by the fistful, His face was so distorted that you could not even recognize Him as a human being. (Isaiah 52:14).

26 So he set Barabbas free for them; but after having Jesus severely whipped (scourged), he handed Him over to be crucified. 27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium, and they gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet [b]robe on Him [as a king’s robe]. 29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand [as a scepter]. Kneeling before Him, they ridiculed Him, saying, “Hail (rejoice), King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him repeatedly on the head. Matthew 27:26-30

 

Spitting is a sign in the oriental culture of total disdain and disgust. The Jews not only rejected Him, but they spit upon Him. ” I did not hide my face from their insults and spitting.”

“And as many as saw Him were astonished, shocked, and we hid as it were our faces from Him” (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus was not a pretty picture when He redeemed you from your sin. His face was a bloody, bloated mass, swollen and distorted beyond recognition. Covered with spit. His back laid open by the beating. A crown of thorns upon his head. And Pilate said, “Behold the man!” But you couldn’t even recognize that He was a man. And yet He did it. He endured it. He did not turn away. His ear was open. He submitted to the will of the Father because He loved you. “And who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” Hebrews 12:2), even though He despised the spitting, even as you would. And the shame of the whole thing. He despised it; yet, He endured it because His love for you was stronger than anything else. And the joy of being able to wash you and redeem you and to cleanse you from all of your sins was the thing that kept Him going in that moment of disgrace and ignominy. How much He loved us. Oh, God, help us to respond to that love.

 

 

 

 

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