Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. ~ Isaiah 40:1, 66:13 King James Version
God gave me the title for this devotional but I wasn't sure what I was supposed to write. This morning, not only did He give me the verses, the meaning of the title hit me like someone had plunged a long sharp knife deep into my heart. No one held Jesus as He was dying! No one comforted Him as He was taking His last breath! I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died of a broken heart.
O' friends, we need to comfort one another. We need to be there for each other, not only in the good times, but also in the bad times. Isn't that what Jesus does for us? He laughs with us, but He also weeps with us. There are times when the pain and anguish is so overwhelming that we are unable to go to Jesus. It is then that we need someone to pick us up, take us to Jesus and hold us until the pain goes away.
No one held Mary, the mother of Jesus, on that dark tragic day when her Son, the Saviour of the world, was crucified. How alone she must have felt! How her heart must have broken into little pieces because she was powerless to help her Son! If you are a mother and have ever lost a child, then you know a little of the agony that she felt that day. When is the last time you held someone in your heart and wept for him or her?
Are you holding Jesus in your heart today? Are you kissing Him tenderly with your words and actions? Have you told Him that you love Him? Are you helping take the pain from His heart by your service to Him? Does He know that you love Him?
January 11, 2007
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