Are you sad, grieving, or discouraged today?
If so, I have such beautiful, precious good news for you: the day of your comfort and healing is here.
We're remembering the suffering of Jesus in this blog series. Jesus Christ, very God of very God, the Word of God Who became flesh and dwelt among us.
And this Jesus–this God Who is equal with the Father and the Son–humbled Himself and became the Man of Sorrows, so that you and I could be comforted in our distress.
How do we know this?
Look at Isaiah 53:
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:3-4).
Check out these interesting points about the original meanings of the words in this passage:
- The word “sorrows” means literally “anguish, grief, pain, to be sad, to be sorrowful.”
- The word “grief” here means “malady, anxiety, calamity, disease, grief.”
- “Grief” here is related to the concept of being worn down with something bad.
- It also refers to physical pain, malady, sickness, and infirmity.
Now, I talked more about how Jesus paid the price for your healing from physical sickness and pain here, in To Hell With Redemptive Suffering. Today, I specifically want to focus on how Jesus paid the price for your healing from sadness, discouragement, sorrow, and anxiety.
Here's the most important thing to understand: Everything Jesus Christ suffered bought something for you.
Note: Post #1 in this series contains a free infographic and bookmark about 10 things Jesus purchased for you with His suffering. I also released a new, downloadable MP3 teaching in post #1 that contains me teaching about all of these 10 things, line-by-line through Isaiah 53.
If you haven't gotten that MP3 teaching, you'll want it. It will really help you get a revelation about everything Jesus purchased for you… and those 10 points are different from the points I'm covering in the rest of this series. Click here to go directly to the MP3 teaching on my Gumroad store.
Jesus didn't deserve any of the suffering He went through. But He chose to endure it. Why? So you and I could be brought to wholeness in every area of our lives.
And “wholeness” includes emotional wholeness. It means that, no matter what you've been through:
- You can have joy and hope again.
- The Holy Spirit will comfort you.
- You can have peace in your storm.
- When you carry your burdens and anxieties to the feet of Jesus, and let Him have them, He will make all things new in your heart again.
Jesus didn't HAVE to endure mental and emotional suffering. Yet the Bible tells us that He willingly subjected Himself to grief, anguish, pain, sadness, sorrow, malady, anxiety, disease, and just plain being worn out and worn down.
He willingly took these things upon Himself, even though He didn't deserve to be tortured like that.
But Jesus became a Man of Sorrows so you wouldn't have to carry sorrow yourself.
That's why He was able to give us such beautiful and precious promises, like:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus“ (Philippians 4:6-7, emphasis mine).
That last verse is key because it emphasizes that God's peace and comfort are available to us through Christ Jesus.
The reason God can comfort us is not because we deserve comfort. It's not because we are suffering unjustly (even if we are suffering unjustly). It's not because we're nice, fun people.
The reason God comforts us is because Jesus Christ took our sorrows upon Himself.
That is the one and only reason that God's healing, wholeness, and peace are available to us: because Jesus became the Man of Sorrows on our behalf.
This truth should give you joy. Why? Because it's proof positive that He will comfort you EVERY TIME, no matter what you're going through.
Just like forgiveness of sins is available every time you confess your sins (1 John 1:9), God's peace and comfort are available to you every time you go to Him … because Jesus Christ purchased your comfort by carrying your sorrows Himself. You don't have to earn it:
- You don't have to be strong enough, brave enough, smart enough, or good enough.
- People don't have to like you.
- It's not up to God's whim. It's not a “sometimes, maybe, perhaps, if God is in a good mood” thing (even though God is most definitely in a good mood all the time).
Nope. There are no requirements other than believing on the Name of Jesus for salvation and forgiveness of sins. If you have made Jesus Christ the Boss of your life, then you are legally entitled to experience everything Jesus purchased for you with His blood and suffering.
And because Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, took your grief and sorrow upon Himself, He paid 100% of the price for you to be comforted. And now, God's comfort is always available to you. Every time, in every circumstance.
And that means, if you're sad, God is ready to comfort you right now.
Are you ready to let Him? If so, would you pray this prayer with me?
Here's how to plead the suffering of Jesus over your sorrow:
Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus' Name. Thank You for making a way for me to approach You through the blood of Jesus. Thank You for giving me eternal life, and thank You that Your Word says Jesus came so I could have abundant life now.
Father, I've been feeling so _(insert your feelings here)_. I've been grieving and sad and anxious. I've been concerned about _(insert whatever you've been concerned about here)__. But Heavenly Father, even though I may have been drowning in sorrow, Your Word says that Jesus became a Man of Sorrows for me. That means He bore these sorrows. He carried these sorrows for me all the way to the cross, and I don't have to.
So Heavenly Father, in Jesus' Name, I plead the sorrows of Jesus over my sorrows.
I don't have to bear them anymore, because Jesus bore them for me. He took them upon Himself for me, and so now I can be free.
So Lord, in Jesus' name, I give my sorrows to You. All of them, Lord. They are Yours. They belong to You because Jesus bore them for me, so right now I say that You can have them. Father, I give You my feelings about _________. I give You ALL my worry, anxiety, depression, and discouragement, and I lay them down at Your feet.
Father, Your Word said that if I will come to You when I'm weary and heavy laden, Jesus will give me rest.
So Father, I claim Your promise. I receive Your Word. Lord Jesus, please give me rest right now, and fill me with Your peace. Thank You for doing this, Lord Jesus. I receive Your rest right now.
And Father, You said that I should be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, I should make my requests known to You. You said that, if I will do that, Your peace (which is greater than I could ever understand) would guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
So Father, in the Name of Jesus, I make my requests known to You right now.
I ask You, Lord, for _____. Please help me with _____, Papa. I can't do this on my own, and I can't do a thing about it except bring it to You.
But I do bring it to You, Father, and I lay it down at Your feet. And I ask in Jesus' Name that You would please fill me with Your peace right now.
Thank You, Father. Thank You for hearing me. Thank You for caring. Thank You for loving me the way You do. Thank You for always taking care of me. Pap God, You are everything to me. Thank You for understanding me and giving me peace and healing me.
Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit right now. Comfort me.
Help me to lift up my eyes and look at You again. Help me to see this situation the way You see it, and help me to understand it the way you do. And I thank You, Father, for taking my sorrow away and giving me peace and rest. Restore my joy again, Father, in Jesus' Name. And let Jesus receive the full reward of His suffering, knowing that His sorrows were not in vain in my life.
Thank You, Father. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for bearing my sorrows. And thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your comfort. I bless You, and I give You all the praise.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Does this message speak to your heart? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!
Related: If you'd like to just worship a little while and receive ministry from Jesus, listen to Hillsong singing “Man of Sorrows” here, and just receive from Jesus as you listen: