Jesus - Hope for Pain
Psalm 38: 17-22
17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause; those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good .21 Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. 22 Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.
Matthew 8: 5-18
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. 14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake
Psalm 38 talks about being in a constant pain and being “on the verge of collapse.” When sin entered the world, pain came along with it. As people we are naturally sinful and therefore also endure pain. Sometimes our pain can push us to the point of quitting but that is exactly why in those moments we need to look to the cross. Jesus came to heal and give us comfort throughout our trials and pain. Through our great suffering, Jesus came to bring us comfort and healing and this is no more evident than Matthew 8:5-18. In Matthew it talks about a Centurion asking Jesus for healing for his servant. He didn’t ask for Jesus to come to his home but he had so much faith in who Jesus was and believed that He would heal his servant. This is a great example of how our faith in Jesus is what is most important. Jesus provides the comfort and healing that we need. All Jesus asks in return is that we put our faith in Him. When we are enduring pain we can find comfort that Jesus went through it before we were ever born and He truly does know what we feel. He is a relational God that wants to provide us with the healing and comfort we need.
By: Kyle Roesler