Cross Examined Review (When we suffer, He suffers)
Whenever I think of the torture, pain and death that Jesus had to endure, my sad realization of all men abandoning the one who come to save humanity, rejected by the very people who were supposed to welcome Him with open hands who instead shower Him with hatred, shameful abuse, and all kinds of evil, which He endured so that all may have everlasting life, it has always given me hope that if GOD can love us enough to give us His Son then truly we can also find redemption, peace of heart and all that we may need in the will of God.
One of my favorite chapters is chapter 3, where it tells me that in "all His afflictions, He was afflicted". That is where I realized that all through when His disciples, messengers and prophets were being tortured and killed He was with them, and that He felt pain in all their affliction and just like us, GOD is a closer friend than any human friend because He feels all our human experience and He is with us in our suffering.
As the One who made us, Christ is a tender parent who yearns over every man, woman, and child. He desires every one of His children to grow in a happy, healthy, and peaceful environment. His desire is an expression of His Father, who is the source of all things. This means every time one of His children suffers pain, Christ suffers pain. His heart aches for all the suffering of humanity. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this saying:
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old. Isaiah 63:9
Every single thing that Israel suffered as a nation and as individuals, Christ went through it with them. But it is not for Israel alone that Christ suffered, but for all those who live upon the earth.
For those of you who have children, how do you feel when your child is in great pain? It pierces your heart and causes much suffering and grief. What if one of your children wounds another one of your children? This causes even more grief. You suffer for your child that is wounded and feel disappointment for the one who inflicted the wound.
I can highly recommend this book to every one if you truly l wish to understand GOD deeper and learn of His mercies, grace and wonderful love for us.