Meditation for Perfectionists – Tuesday July 17, 2018
Man Of Sorrows?
Mark 14:32-34: “‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ [Jesus] said to them” (v.34).
When as a child I sang a well-known hymn by Philip P. Bliss, I was confused by the first phrase: “‘Man of Sorrows,’ what a name for the Son of God who came.” I did not understand how Jesus could be described as a man of sorrows.
Much later I came to understand the composer’s message. Jesus experienced pain and sorrow so we humans can be reunited with God. However, only recently did it dawn on me why the words of this song were confusing as a child. I thought that displaying sadness and sorrow was a sin, so I could not fathom how God’s sinless Son could experience sorrow.
It is not surprising then, that I grew up believing it was my duty to rescue loved ones from circumstances which might cause them grief. In so doing I would be helping them to refrain from sin.
I no longer believe that experiencing sorrow is sinful. Neither do I think it my responsibility to try to keep another from actual or perceived wrong. This is God’s job alone and I am grateful and relieved to let him complete it.
Father, you are the God of comfort and insight.
Your Son experienced much pain.
I am comforted that he identifies with my distress.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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