WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

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WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

There is a beautiful hymn, written by a son to his mother, to encourage her in her time of need. This was a long time ago, when phones did not exist, when letters were the only means of communication between peoples far away. And if you are feeling far away from our Father, far away from His love, His provision and protection, Jesus wants this very same hymn to speak to you; right here, right now; and remind you of what a beloved friend and brother we have in Jesus.

“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Indeed, beloved, when Jesus died on the cross for you, He took your sin, your guilt, your shame and He bore them all on the cross; so that you can be right with our Father, more than pleasing and acceptable to Him. For it is written,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So because we are now right with Jesus, right with our Father, we can take everything to God in prayer.

“Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Beloved, if you are going through some trial, some challenge, at this point, remember that no temptation that is beyond human resistance will be allowed to lay hold on you. Whatever befalls you will also be adjusted and adapted to human experience so that you can bear it. This is because God is faithful to BOTH His Word and to His compassionate nature and will not let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure. At the same time, He will always provide the way out so that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently (1 Corinthians 10:13 [AMPC])

“Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

“For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

Beloved, remember that we are His creation. Out of the dust, and out of His love, He made us. So how can He forget of what mettle are we made of? Not only that, Jesus came down to walk the earth as a man so that He could experience all these.

“And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”” Matthew 4:2-3

We have suffered hunger, we have suffered lack. We know what it is like to hunger and desire after the sustenance of this world, bread or otherwise. Beloved, so did Jesus.

“Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
and,
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Matthew 4:5-6

We have found ourselves in dire situations and we were trusting our Father with every ounce of faith we have that He will deliver, yet when we confess our faith to those around us, they say in reply, ‘if your God is so great, let Him come save you now!’ Beloved, Jesus heard that twice.

“Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” Matthew 27:41-43

“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”” Matthew 4:8-9

We have been tempted by quick riches. We have entertained the thought of exchanging our right standing with God our Father for a quick and immediate return. Beloved, Jesus was similarly tempted.

Yet, Jesus made it through without sin so that He can be our perfect High Priest; perfect in Holiness in our Father’s eyes, perfect in His understanding of us,

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

So beloved, take it all to Jesus for there is nothing we are going through that He has not gone through.

“Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” Matthew 11:28 [AMPC]
Yes, beloved, in so far as we are carrying the burden of worry, we are already carrying too much. Jesus wants to rest us. He wants to relieve and refresh our souls. For if we put our trust in Him, there is nothing to fear, as it is written,

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.” Psalm 46:1-3
“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;” Psalm 91:9-10
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:5-8

So rest in Him. He wants to rest you.

“Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.”

Remember beloved, that when He was walking the earth, He did these;

“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:1-3

When the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of His garment and was healed, this was what He said to her,

“Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8:48

When people brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and sought to have Him condemn her, He said this,

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7

And later, after all the accusers had left, He told her,

“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

But more than that, if you let Him, He will seek you out, and reach out to you; just as He did with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4) and Zacchaeus (Luke 19).

So if you feel rejected, He is here to restore you because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

“Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

Indeed beloved, peace is what Jesus came to bring. For He said,

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

So don’t forfeit your peace any longer. Take it all to our Father in prayer.

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