As I listened to a friend bare her soul, my heart grieved for her. Later my thoughts were weighed heavy for her. My prayers are earnest and full of tears for her. In those prayers I writhe in pain for her. My heart bleeds for her. My soul is in anguish for her. I struggle to find answers because of my own inadequacies, my own sin, my own struggles, my own pain.
And then Christ’s Spirit says to me, “You are carrying the sorrow for one. I carry the sorrows for all. The weight of this world’s sin, pain, sorrow, disease I bore on the cross for you, and for of you, and you, and you, and you, and you…”
How can He bear up under it? How can He carry it ALL?
I can’t solve it for one. How can He solve it for all?
He died for it ALL–a criminal’s death (Luke 19)–from the beginning of mankind until the end.“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” I Peter 2:24-25
I am humbled that my friend would bear her soul to me. I am more humbled to point her to the Christ, who bore it all.“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:4-11