Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Jesus Can Identify With Your Pain

Leviticus 2:4 -  ‘And if u bring as an offering a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed w/oil, or unleavened wafers anointed w/oil.

Private pains, deep hurts, shameful addictions. You may think that nobody understands what u are going through, but God does. He can identify with all your pains & is able 2 help u. (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15)

In the Old Testament, the grain offering brought 2 God speaks of Jesus’ life on earth. The fine flour, which the grain offering is made with, is flour that has been pounded, ground, beaten & sifted through 2 get it consistently even & fine. Therefore, it typifies the humanity & sufferings of Jesus. One of the ways the Jewish women prepared the grain offering was 2 bake it. The baking done in the depths of the oven speaks of the “hidden” sufferings that Jesus went though. I believe that

Jesus faced sufferings that we cannot fully understand. Even as a young boy, He must have gone through sufferings that prepared Him 2 die for all humanity at the cross. And during His ministry years, it must have grieved Him when time & time again, He found unbelief not just in the people around Him, but even in His disciples.

Jesus also suffered at the hands of men — slanderers who misunderstood Him. Once, the Pharisees insinuated that He was born out of wedlock bcoz His mother was with child before she married Joseph. (John 8:39, 41) That scandalous remark, probably not the first, must have hurt Him.

Consider also the temptations He faced. There were not only three. God’s Word says that He was tempted for 40 days! (Luke 4:2) Not all the temptations were recorded. Those 40 days must have tried Him sorely.

What do all these mean? 

My friend, Jesus went through all those temptations & sufferings for u, yet He did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) There is no temptation or suffering that u are going through that He cannot identify with. So come 2 His throne of grace today & receive His superabounding grace 2 face and overcome those trials in your life!

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