Sermonette: Acquainted with Grief
David C. Grabbe
Given 07-Aug-21; 19 minutes
When Jesus came to His own people, they rejected Him because He did not live up to their preconceived notions of the prophesied Messiah (John 1:11-13), shunning and eventually murdering the uncomely man of sorrow, the Suffering Servant, the Messiah who was carrying out His ministry of bearing the sins of all humanity as prophesied (Isaiah 53:1-4). Hebrews 2:10-14 suggests that Jesus experienced the hardships all humanity experiences throughout His life, not just during His illegal trial and agonizing crucifixion. Hebrews 4:15 assures God's people that Jesus was subject to every infirmity humans experience, including sickness and disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, and ultimately death (the wages of sin). His plight was not the result of His own sins (which did not exist), but due to the sins of all mankind. He was ill so that people could see the works of God (John 9:3). When God's people offer supplications to God the Father and their Advocate and High Priest, they can be sure that He knows exactly what they have gone through.