Mourn with those who mourn.
Modern technology makes it easier for
people to communicate without being
in the same place. Virtual meetings
by webcam can include coworkers
who are logging in from home as well
as those present at the office, and
programs like Skype and FaceTime
make it possible to chat on video with
family and friends around the world.
These tools are useful, but they seldom
replace the deep relationships that
develop when people are actually face
to face. In today’s passage, we see that
Jesus was not content to hear about
our weaknesses and sorrows from afar.
He entered into them, joining us in the
limitations of our humanity. Though
He was rich, for our sake He became
poor (2 Cor. 8:9). He was tempted,
betrayed, hungry, tired, misunderstood,
and falsely accused. He was subject to
space and time, to frailty and ignorance,
to death and taxes.
Christ comes alongside in our trials right
now. The One who promises to be in
our midst when we gather with a small
group of His people to pray, promises to
pray with us as we suffer. He mourned
with Mary and Martha at the tomb of
Lazarus and sorrowed over the sinenslaved
residents of Jerusalem (Luke
19:41). He weeps with us as we weep.
In His name, then, we enter into the
sorrows of others. Paul instructs us:
“Mourn with those who mourn” (Rom.
12:15). Contrast this with the so-called
friends of David whom he described in
Psalm 38. Instead of grieving with him,
they “avoid me because of my wounds”
and “stay far away” (Ps. 38:11). By God’s
grace, we should not stand far off in
fear or disgust. In prayer, we cry out to
God with those who mourn, trusting
in Christ’s promise that we shall all be
comforted (Matt. 5:4).
Apply the Word
The psalms are full of lamentations, prayers of shared sorrow lifted up to our Lord. Read one of the psalms of lament (see 44, 60, 74, 79, 80, 85, 90) and use it as the basis of your intercession for someone who is suffering. As you pray, remember that Christ Himself comes alongside both of you in sympathy and love.
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