In the past months, three of our friends passed away. Right now, we have two friends who are battling with a terminal disease. Several old friends of mine are suffering from broken vows. These things are a bit too much to handle. One thing that we can see here is that pain, whether we are religious or not, are present in our lives. We can’t avoid them by joining religious groups, having positive thinking and pursuing happiness. As long as we are here in this broken world, we will experience hurts, pains, diseases, and aloneness. In fact, we already have our own share of these things in one way or another.
Since we cannot escape these things in our lives, the question that we need to ask is to whom do we turn to and why?
Most of us, our default is to turn to the person that we trust most. They could be our family, close friends, or even express our feelings to social networking sights. Those things are not bad. It could help us. However, humans have limitations. Though they want to be with us in times of crisis, there would be times that they could not be with us to sit and chat. That does not mean that their bad. It only means that they are not available. The point here is that people do fall short of our expectation. People disappoint us. Sometimes we can rely on them. But there are also times that we cannot rely on them. They may be our reason for being happy. Yet they can also be the reason why we are living a miserable life.
Now, I know of a man who once walked on this planet. For three years, his life was like a circus. There were times that people flocked around him and adored him. Yet there were those moments that people can’t help but to spread bad gossips about him. There were even moments that some people wanted to kill him. In his time of need, he pleaded with his friends to stick by his side but they couldn’t. One of his closest friends stabbed him in the back. When time came that he was about to leave this world, when he was about to breathe his last breath, he felt like he was abandoned by his dad. He felt alone on his death bed. You knew this guy. His name was Jesus…
Jesus experienced the things that we are experiencing here on earth. Rejection, aloneness, abandonment, and betrayal are not foreign to Him. He experienced it, He felt it and He endure it. The funny thing is that he doesn’t have to experience these things first hand. He is strong and mighty. Yet He became weak and fragile without sinning. He became a human. Why? For you, for me and for all of us. He wanted to tell us “hey, I experienced what you are going through right now. And you know what? I overcome the world (John 16:33). So come to me and let me help you go through that pain, lean on me and let us walk together in this world, I know how your life should be like (Matt 11:28-30). I can fix whatever that is broken in your life (Rom 8:28).
Heb 4:14-16 (MSG)
14 Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God — let’s not let it slip through our fingers. 15 We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all — all but the sin. 16 So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.