TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY by UCB, 4th March 2016.
Jesus Hears Your Cry
Are you facing a home repossession? Jesus didn’t have a place to lay His head. Has someone taken advantage of you? Jesus lived among slaves and paid taxes to a foreign emperor.
But what if your problem is the opposite and you’ve a successful business to run? Can Jesus relate? Yes. He recruited and oversaw His own organisation: seventy men and an assortment of women who supported Him financially and looked to Him for leadership. Are you responsible for budgeting and hiring personnel? Jesus knows leadership isn’t easy. His group included a zealot who hated the Romans and a tax collector who worked for them.
And how about family tension? ‘When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said’ (Mark 3:21 NLT).
Has someone wrongly accused you? The night before His death, people ‘tried to find something false against Jesus so they could kill him’ (Matthew 26:59 NCV).
Jesus experienced every detail of human life, ‘all the pain, all the testing’ (Hebrews 2:18 MSG).
Author Max Lucado writes: ‘Jesus was angry enough to purge the temple, distraught enough to weep in public, fun-loving enough to be called a drunkard, winsome enough to attract kids, poor enough to borrow a coin for a sermon illustration, radical enough to get kicked out of town, responsible enough to care for His mother, tempted enough to know the smell of Satan, and anxious enough to sweat blood.’
So why would Jesus endure earth’s toughest pain? So you’d know without doubt that ‘He is able … to run to the cry of … those who are being … tested.’ Today, Jesus hears your cry.
‘He is able … to run to the cry of … those who are being … tested.’ Hebrews 2:18