The God Who Suffers and Knows Your Pain
He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief . . . Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows.-Isaiah 53:3-4
When we think of God, we usually think about how He is righteous, holy, loving, and good. But have you ever considered this about God: He is the God who has suffered. We don’t tend to think that a perfect Creator would experience such a human trait as human pain and suffering. After all, why would you suffer if you did not have to?
But God has suffered, and more deeply than any of us could ever imagine. Listen to Isaiah’s description of what Jesus (who was God) went through at Calvary:
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief . . . Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:3-5
“A man of suffering.” That was Jesus. But why did God suffer? Because He loved and loves. John wrote this about God’s love:
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
God’s love means that He also enters into our suffering as well. Hebrews 2:17-18 tells us:
“Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted”.
You are not alone in your suffering today. Jesus has been there and walked in your shoes and He is here for you right now. Call out to Him. He knows your pain. He understands your needs. He is always with you. And by His stripes, we are healed!
Walking cross-ward with you,
Pastor Mark Steven
THIS MONTH @ WILSHIRE
Brief Church Business Meeting
Sunday, April 10 @ 11:45am
We will be voting on the new Bylaws (click here to view) and Guiding Principles (click here to view), paper copies will be available at the Welcome Center on Sunday morning or if you would like a digital copy please email the office.
Corporate Prayer Nights
Tuesdays @ 6:30pm
Join us each Tuesday night in the Worship Center as we come together in prayer for our church, our next lead pastor and the process of our search team, our ministry board and our staff.
Journey through the historical events surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The exhibit will be available in room 303 & 304, March 19 – 25. For a detailed schedule visit our website.
Good Friday Service
Friday, March 25 @ 6:30pm
Join us for a service reflecting the death of Jesus Christ. Service will be in the Multipurpose Room.
We are looking for a few people to help us with our monthly food delivery to City Lights. The 3rd Thursday of the month we help deliver 140 bags of groceries to low-income families here in Fullerton. We start at 8:30 am and are done by 10:30 am. If you are able to help out, please email Jamie Crady.