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Drawing Close to the Pain Brings a Blessing

mary and john at the foot of the cross

When Jesus was born in a stable at Bethlehem the shepherds came and worshipped Him, and the star of wonder guided wise men to bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn King. But when Jesus gave His life on the cross for mankind’s sin, all but a few ran away from the suffering Savior.

First, I would imagine that most of His intimate followers were terrified to be associated with Lord, for fear they might also be condemned .Second, it must have been very hard for them to watch Jesus, whom they greatly loved, suffer such a merciless, and violent crucifixion.

Yet in spite of the intense emotional pain, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and John, the beloved disciple, chose to come near Jesus, as He suffered on the cross. As a result of drawing close to Jesus’ pain, Mary and John heard and received a personal blessing, spoken by the Lord to them from the cross. He personally gave them loving instruction, and His plan for both of their futures together. The blessing would have been missed if they had stood in fear at a distance like most of the others.

Through my personal experience I have discovered that if I do not surrender to my human tendency to run away from the pain of others, if I choose to stay and feel the pain with them, a blessing will always follow. This assured blessing may be manifested as a growing emotional closeness or spiritual connection, developing more trust and faith, a larger love, or healing.

But most importantly, if we will choose to run to Jesus, with our own pain or the pain of others, and come close to Him, in spite of our fear; we will receive a preordained encounter with God, which will shower us with the blessings of our Lord’s tender courage, compassion, and love.  This type of experience with Christ will push us through to a larger, spiritual place, as we encounter Him in the secret places of our hearts. Then the Spirit will escort us into the Kingdom realm, where God’s caring plans for our future will be unveiled.

“So when Jesus looked down and saw the disciple he loved standing with her, he said, ‘Mother, look-John will be a son to you.’ Then he said, ‘John, look –she will be a mother to you!” From that day on, John accepted Mary into his home as one of his own family.” John 19:26-27 tPt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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