We all know and/or love people who have been deathly sick. You watch the pain and suffering. Maybe it was the loss of one’s mind due to Alzheimer’s. Maybe it was the pain of your loved one who suffers with cancer. What do we do? What can we say? You long to comfort them, but it doesn’t appear to ease them. You go home and cry your eyes out with pains that you never felt before. Your chest hurts, your breath leaves like a free fall. How do you get through this?
You look up toward the clear blue sky and cry out, “Why, Lord, why? Why do they have to suffer so much? It’s killing me!” You cry and wait. You cry and wait some more. The bright, blue sky never changes. The sun still shines. The clouds still appear like pillows. No answer. You cry out, “Lord, don’t you love me? Why don’t you answer?” Nothing happens. The birds continue to chirp, the cars still pass by. Nothing.
This picture will affect every human being some time in their life. However, during this time, we have a beautiful comfort that waits us.
Just before Jesus was going to be tortured and killed, He sits with the disciples for a very special intimate conversation. It was evening. Dinner was being served. Just before everyone was about to eat, Jesus takes off his outer clothing, grabs a basin of water and starts to wash His disciples feet. When Jesus came to Peter, He attempted to wash Peter’s feet when Peter resisted.
Peter thought he had a good reason. Peter had experienced walking on the water, the calm of the sea after Jesus spoke to it. He knew that Jesus was perfect in every way. So Peter resisted Jesus’ washing everyone’s feet without understanding what was happening. Once Peter thought he understood, he asked Jesus to wash his entire body. Jesus loving responded, “You already had a bath. Your feet are the only thing that needs to be washed.”
This picture was a beautiful comfort. Jesus was saying that Peter’s sins were already atoned for. However, due to Peter’s daily sin, Jesus wanted to wash that dirt away also. Jesus wanted Peter to be complete.
After washing the disciples feet, Jesus tells them about how Judas was going to betray him. It was then, Peter responded, “Never. I will never deny you.” Again, Peter was zealous but didn’t think. Jesus told Peter that he would deny Christ three times.
Immediately, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust in me also.” (John 14:1 – NIV 1984) WHAT A STATEMENT! Jesus was comforting his disciples despite the bad news. Jesus was terminally ill. Yet, Jesus comforted those around Him. He then explains that there are many rooms in heaven that He would prepare for us. Eventually, we would be with Him.
Jesus then says, “You know the way.” Thomas says the most logical thing, “If we knew the way, wouldn’t we be going with you? (I mean DUH!)” Jesus once again gives a beautiful comfort. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
There was no mystery. There was no hidden secrets. Just a beautiful comfort.
When we go through the most painful trials, suffering, crying. Jesus is there comforting us. He is there hugging us with the most loving heavenly hug. Someone once asked me, “Do you know why the earth became dark the day Jesus died?” I said, “No. Please explain it to me.” This man responded, “It’s not completely biblical, but I believe that God, the Father, was crying so much and knew his people were hurting with Him, so He wrapped His loving arms around the entire world so tightly, no light could enter.”
As I have thought about that, there was one portion that wasn’t explained but I realized. The same time there was darkness, there was also an earthquake which ripped the temple veil in two. I think that God was crying so hard and hugging the earth so deeply that the earth responded by shaking. God then ripped the veil in two with His own hands to show us how much He longed for a relationship with us. God was giving us His beautiful comfort.
If you don’t know who Jesus is and want to experience His joy, there is a simple thing you can do. Stop what you are doing right now, look up toward heaven and say, “God, I know beyond any shadow of doubt you exist. I know that you long for a relationship with me, but I am sinful. I don’t deserve your love. I believe that Jesus died for me, that He rose again and will come back for us. Although I don’t deserve Your love, You gave it freely through the work of Jesus on the cross. Please come into my life and change me for Your Kingdom.”
If you said that there is a party in heaven because of you. People are celebrating the fact that you are family. You have now entered a relationship with God. If you said this and want to know the next steps, email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than happy to help you with the next steps.
If you have a relationship with Jesus and it has gone dry, may this be the day you cry out to God and ask for forgiveness and let Jesus wash your feet. Jesus wants to comfort you with the most beautiful comfort. Let this day be the day you can say, “I will stand for the Kingdom. I will seek God daily.”
No matter where you are, God wants to comfort you with His beautiful comfort. God bless and encourage someone today.