Saturday, November 19, 2011


Sorrow entered into the heart of man after the fall. A by-product of sin. A down payment on the wages of sin - death.

Who hasn't felt their heart go cold after a midnight call. News of a good friend who was plucked out of your life.

Loss. Loss of life, friends, wealth, home, even country. Some days it would seem as if sorrow were taking over.

The great WHY question.

Isaiah 53:3
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

The verses above are about Jesus. A man of sorrows. Not His, but ours. He gave up heaven to come and take the sin of the world upon His shoulders. Nail it to a cross. Our grief became His grief.

But the story doesn't end there. HE paid the price, died, and rose again from the dead. He took our sin and sorrow and grief. And promises us eternal life. Joy unspeakable.

We may not see it now, joy may look like an impossibility with what you're going through today. But joy will come. As sure as the sun rises and sets, His Joy will swallow you. IT may start small, a faint tickle in your heart. But it will come.

Though we suffer, we suffer not alone. Jesus is with us, understands, and promises to never leave or forsake us. There may be sorrow, but we have the surety of HOPE.

Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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