In my grievance, I found myself asking, “why believers grieve”? We have an assurance that someday we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away, well, supposing they shared the same faith with us— Yet we fall apart when a loved one passes away. We feel betrayed, disappointed, lonely, guilty, etc.… is it that our faith is not enough to believe the reunion of our loved ones who have been called upon by God?
As I was pondering over this question, I reflected on a few moments where Jesus had His own moments of grief, during His task to free us from the bondage of sin, to grant us salvation, especially during the Passover and the hours leading to His death.
In Luke 22:44, it reads “And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” It written in Matthew 26:39, “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” In Luke 23:44-46, it says,
“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands, I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” In Isaiah 53, He is called “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” His love for us is indeed profound, deep enough to cause Him grief.
He grieved for the nation of Jerusalem. Luke 13:34-35 tells us about a day where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem before arriving there. It says, “He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem,” He cried, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Jesus was lamenting over the many times He has sent help to Jerusalem, and they had failed to recognize the helper.
Jesus grieved for us because of the love He has for us; I believe the agony Christians experience or show when we lose a loved one is because of the love we have for the departed person. Losing someone you love hurts; it is very personal and an emotional experience, so we grief, and sometimes the grieving takes over and begins to suck the life out of us. Our emotions get numb, and tears don’t seem to stop; even though we believers of Jesus are much aware of seeing our loved ones again after their death, we lament their passing because of the thought of not seeing their faces and sharing life with them each day of our living life••• But what I have found is that grieving makes it better, of course, we lose ourselves completely. There are comforts in grieving, and it helps us to find closure and even strengthens us… Although I cannot say if Jesus found solace in His grief••• (Something to explore next!)
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