WEEPING AND WAILING: Part 2
June 8, 2022 3:59 PM
MY HIDING PLACE
For the audio version of this Word, please refer to the link provided, youtube.com/watch?v=xbwuEJVv-aI. Thank you!
Dear brothers and sisters,
I had no idea the Holy Spirit would prompt me to do a part 2 of the message I posted earlier this afternoon. But while in prayer this evening, the Holy Spirit spoke saying, “lama sabachthani” which means “why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)
While I pondered on the meaning of these words, the Holy Spirit laid this passage on my heart. If you read it in context, you’ll see that it refers to Jesus.
Heb.5:7-8 Who IN THE DAYS OF HIS FLESH, when HE HAD OFFERED UP PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATIONS WITH STRONG CRYING AND TEARS unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 THOUGH HE WERE A SON, YET LEARNED HE OBEDIENCE BY THE THINGS WHICH HE SUFFERED.
This verse is so deep as it conveys to us Jesus’ emotions during His prayers. We can infer that He approached Father’s throne with a contrite spirit and a pure heart, grieving over the things He saw that were contrary to what Father taught. His heart broken for the things that broke Father’s heart.
And that’s just what we are asked to do. Knowing the judgments that are upon us, to intercede with bitter tears and supplications to ask Father for mercy not only for ourselves but also for our loved ones and for many lost souls around the world.
Oftentimes, we read the Gospels and marvel at Jesus’ miracles, healing stories and multiplications of food. We read about the various teachings and admonishments of the Pharisees. But it’s in these short verses that we learn about Jesus’ cries and tears -His sufferings. The Word also says that when Jesus was on the Mount of Olives before He was arrested, that His sweat became like drops of blood.
Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
And that although He was a Son, He had to learn obedience to the Father through sufferings. Which means that if we are Sons of God, that we also must learn obedience through our sufferings. Suddenly, we recognize a good purpose for our afflictions, for our tears. Our beloved Jesus came to set the perfect example for us to follow and to show us His deep love for the Father through His utmost commitment even to the point of death. If He did it, we can too, with God’s help!
Rev.14:4 These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
The Bible says in the above verse that the 144,000 FOLLOW the Lamb wherever He goes. The question is: what does it mean to FOLLOW? Does it mean they are in heaven, chasing after Jesus and catering to His needs? NO! Following means to conform or to act according to the lead example of someone. In other words, the 144,000 are those who have grasped Jesus’ character and conform to His teachings, His laws, His requirements. They are fully submitted to the will of the Father and should they be asked to, they will not shrink back from death itself for they know that to live is Christ and to die is gain. Hallelujah!!
Following after Jesus as our role model involves sacrifice; it involves denying ourselves and daily picking up our crosses. It means that, although it may be a beautiful sunny day outside and we would like to go for a nice walk along the beach, that we’ll deny ourselves that pleasure and instead willingly lock ourselves in our prayer closets to pray for our family members who is in harm’s way of God’s judgment.
It means that although we may want to go grab a lunch out with a friend we have not seen in a while and check out that new restaurant that just opened up in town, that we’d willingly choose to fast and pray for that individual we know is struggling with addiction and needs extra intercession.
We must learn how to selflessly conduct ourselves, to put others before ourselves just like Jesus would often go from one place to the next ministering, without a chance to freshen himself up, nap or eat a snack. For one quick reference you may like to look up Mark 3:20 and Mark 6:31.
Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, WHOSOEVER WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOW ME.
John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.
While we go through our sufferings, let’s remember what our Saviour had to endure on our behalf.
Isa.50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isa.52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.
Isa.53:3-10a) He is DESPISED and REJECTED of men; A MAN OF SORROWS, and ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and WE ESTEEMED HIM NOT. 4 Surely HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEFS, and CARRIED OUR SORROWS: yet we did esteem him STRICKEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, and AFFLICTED. 5 But HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, he was BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES: THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and THE LORD HATH LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL. 7 HE WAS OPPRESSED, and he was AFFLICTED, yet HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH: he is brought AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so HE OPENETH NOT HIS MOUTH. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for HE WAS CUT OFF OUT OF THE LAND OF THE LIVING: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And HE MADE HIS GRAVE WITH THE WICKED, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 YET IT PLEASED THE LORD TO BRUISE HIM; HE HATH PUT HIM TO GRIEF.
It is so hard to do good to those who wrong us, to love our enemies, to remain quiet while being accused. Yet, Jesus did all that. He even had to bear the sting of betrayal at the hand of one of His closest friends. We are not without faults, nor in the position of casting the first stone. We are sinners in need of a Saviour. It is OUR sins that nailed Jesus to that cross. For while we were still sinners, He demonstrated His great love by laying down His life for us. He has granted us immeasurable grace. We must take all these lessons and practice by showing love towards our neighbours; teaching others by laying our lives down for them. Or in the words of Paul in 1 Cor. 11:1, ‘Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.’
Heb.12:1-4 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Isa.49 :13-16a) Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. 14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, YET WILL I NOT FORGET THEE. 16 BEHOLD, I HAVE GRAVEN THEE UPON THE PALMS OF MY HANDS.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth. He promises that He will not to leave us, nor abandon us. May you be encouraged to run your race like Christ did so that one day you will receive your reward. God bless and remember you are welcome to email me if you have a specific need, I may be able to assist you with. Sending you all my love.