Monday, August 24, 2009

Jesus Knows Your Pain

As I was traveling this past week, I passed a church billboard sign with these words on it:

Jesus Knows Your Pain

As I drove along, I imagined someone else reading that sign. I imagined someone who was suffering under a terrible emotional, or spiritual load. I wondered if they would believe what the sign said. Would they stop the car and venture in to the church to see if they could find relief? Would they have faith in the healing power of Jesus Christ?

The Savior really does know our pain. While in the garden of Gethsemane, He not only suffered for the sins of the world, but the troubles and pains of the world. By taking upon Him our pains, He knew better how to comfort us.
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Alma 7:11,12

"4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4

The healing power of the Savior is extended to all. No matter where we are in life, no matter how deep the suffering, He extends a healing hand to us.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matt. 11:28

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