MWI President

No One Understands Like Jesus

Do you ever feel lonely?  Some people feel loneliest when surrounded by others. Most people have experienced a time in their lives when they felt no one really understood them. No matter how many friends you have they do not go through the exact same experiences as you do. The book of Job can be hard to read, however it is good to know that others throughout the ages have had those feelings at times. When you feel down and you think no one understands, God is there and understands exactly what you are going through. 

What must the world have been like for Jesus? It might sound like a good way to be – born without sin. Think of Jesus’ childhood. He must have stood out as very different from other children, even His own family. Some children today feel their parents don’t understand them, but Jesus’ loving parents would not have understood Him or been able to protect Him from nasty comments because of His uniqueness. Jesus was sinless, living with sinful parents, relatives and neighbours. No one on earth could have given Him a hug and said, “I know how you feel.” 

On a Thursday night one of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, planned to betray Him for 30 pieces of silver, about the price paid for a slave in biblical times. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus knew exactly what was coming, and He was praying. The disciples fled, and He was all alone. Loneliness reached its peak when He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).  “How, you ask? God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong so we could be put right with God.” On the cross Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He was ‘forsaken’ by His Father. The same words appear at the beginning of Psalm 22 where David begins with despair and finally exults God. 

Jesus knew rejection and loneliness. He is a High Priest who can sympathise with this weakness. In Hebrews 4:15 we read, “Now we know what we have – Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God, let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He has been through weakness and testing, experienced it all – all except sin. So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.”   

If you are feeling lonely it will pass, and meanwhile feel assured that Jesus understands completely how you feel. 
On Easter Sunday rejoice and spread the good news - He is risen.  He is risen indeed.  


April Engagements -

2nd: General Committee, Belfast.
2nd: One Mission Committee, Belfast.
4th: MWI Central Committee, Portadown.
7th: Kilwarlin Moravian Church.
8th: Cameo Group, Glastry.
13th: MWI Belfast District Away Day, Movilla.
14th: Carlisle Road Methodist Church, Londonderry.
14th: Clooney Hall, Londonderry.

 

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