A God Who Literally Understands Our Individual Pain

I have often held to the idea–and there are decent scriptural reasons to consider this idea as reasonable as well (Matthew 8:17 linked to Isaiah 53:4)–that Jesus Christ, when he died on the cross, not only took the sins of the world upon himself, but actually also took all the pain of the world (all of it, past, present, and future) onto and into himself, and he did this so that when we meet him as the glorified Lord, and when we lament of the pains that we have suffered, Christ can say that he understands our pain and feels it, and yet he will be able to say this not in some analogically empathetic way, but literally, for he will have literally and personally experienced the very pain that every single person has ever experienced; now, while this fact may not do much to solve the issue of evil from a philosophical perspective, I tell you that Christianity is made all the more compelling, and all the more reasonable, and all the more pastoral, when it is understood that the God of the universe not only died for our sins, but He also experienced all the pains that we have experienced, for what could have been more comforting and encouraging than being embraced by a being who has not only experienced similar pain to yours, but experienced the exact pain that you experienced, and can thus empathize with you on a level that no other being can…furthermore, understanding that Christ experienced all the pain and suffering of all of existence in that one short period of time on the cross puts his suffering and passion in a whole new light, for it shows us that his sacrifice for us was not just painful in a human sense, but painful in a way that none of us could ever experience or know, thereby meaning that although we have indeed experienced suffering and pain in our own lives, it is actually Christ himself (meaning God) who experienced the most suffering out of any human person–suffering that is astronomically more than any one of us could even understand–and so not only can Christ empathize with our personal suffering perfectly, but we can also realize that when complaining to Christ about our own pain and suffering, we are complaining to a person whose suffering was so much greater than ours that we realize that perhaps we should just silence our complaints in the presence of Christ’s sacrificial martyrdom.


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