31 Jesus-Benefits: An Ally in Suffering

“When Jesus saw Mary crying and the Jews who came with her also crying, He was upset and was deeply troubled” (John 11:33).

On day 13, I’ve got Kristen Strong to thank for this one:

Jesus’ annoyance at sickness.

In her book “Girl Meets Change”, Kristen writes about Lazarus – Jesus’ friend who died, and four days later, Jesus raised him from the dead. Jesus went to the town where Lazarus’ two sisters, Martha and Mary, lived. When He saw Mary and the Jews with her crying, He was deeply troubled. Kristen says the translation of that Greek word ‘Trouble’ would be something akin to a bull snorting. Having grown up in a family of dairy farmers, she tells us: “A snorting bull is an angry bull.”

Jesus is angry at sickness and death. When you think about it, neither sickness nor death were in the garden of Eden before sin came into the world. They’re not God’s ideal, so when you suffer, instead of blaming God, you can picture Him feeling the annoyance you feel, and think of Jesus praying for you throughout.

“Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us” (Romans 8:34).

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17 thoughts on “31 Jesus-Benefits: An Ally in Suffering

  1. So much of this: ” They’re not God’s ideal, so when you suffer, instead of blaming God, you can picture Him feeling the annoyance you feel, and think of Jesus praying for you throughout.”

  2. The anger of a bull snorting is such a great word picture! Death and sickness were not God’s original intent, and it’s good to be reminded that we can experience the whole arnge of emotions knowing that Jesus did too. Thanks for sharing today!

  3. Jesus is annoyed by our pain. He did not create us that way and has a better plan for us – I cannot wait for that day! Thanks for the thoughts here!

    • I’m so glad He’s with us in the bad times as well as the good.

      I remember my nan telling me about her mother before she died – that she kept saying in Welsh: “What have I done? What have I done?” It made me sad to think my great-grandmother thought of her suffering as a punishment from God.

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