Youth Worker Devotions: In Touch with the Heart of Jesus

We all have days when it takes every fiber of our being to make it through the day without completely cracking.  We all know what does it for us and know that last straw could be anything.  Whether after an exchange with an angry parent who blasts you in an email, not seeking to understand, but seeking to hurt, or a bad performance appraisal from a boss, or one of your favorite students who makes a decision that will dramatically change the course of her life… 

More and more of my friends in youth ministry are hitting that wall, getting burnt or being burnt out, I thought it would be good to take a glance on how Jesus views our suffering. 

We shift our view to John 11, where Jesus is begged by Mary and Martha to come because their brother Lazarus was about to die.  Jesus arrives:

John 11:33-35
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus wept

Was reading my notes from Expositors Bible Commentary, it shed some important light on Jesus’ emotional state and response to the sorrow of Mary and Martha

He was deeply moved, enebrimesato– In Greek, its a deep emotion, can mean anger or indignant, but here it is a visceral response of concern, perhaps sensing the common emotions of injustice or deep sorrow around the death of his friend.  

He was troubledetaraxen – felt and experienced the inward turmoil around the death of his friend, He entered a state of deep sorrow (even knowing he was about to raise Lazarus).  

He wept – dakruoseeing the sorrow of death, empathizing with Mary and Martha, and in touch with His own emotional state, he weeps with Mary and Martha.

In our circumstances, Jesus does the same:

Hebrews 4:14-16   
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I know some of you reading this are having that bad of a day.  More than anything else, Jesus feels your pain and frustration at the hard things of ministry.   I encourage you to allow yourself to be with Him in your emotions and allow Him to heal your wounds. 

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