Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016: He Truly Understands

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 149  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Wayne Watson singing his song Friend of A Wounded Heart, declaring the reality that we have a Savior Who has walked our shoes before He went to the cross to save us. He can - and will - meet us where we are. He truly is the friend of a wounded heart.

Highlight Passage:  Hebrews 2:17-18 [NKJV] …  
17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. 
… Jesus truly is the “fiend of a wounded heart.”
Highlight Context – Hebrews 2:10-18 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… King Jesus walked in our shoes as the God-man; and He understands all we’re going through; and He has taken all our cares on Himself on the cross.

Reference Passage #1 - Isaiah 53 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… 700+ years before He came, God, thru Isaiah prophesied what The Messiah would go through for us.

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 2:5-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  
… Jesus emptied Himself of His majesty, though none of His divinity, to take on humanity.

Reference Passage #3 - Hebrews 13:5 [NKJV] …  
5 … He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 
… Jesus … always there for us !!!

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, used a personal analogy In today’s ODB entry to illustrate how divinely empathetic our Savior is; and it reminded me of my own days in healthcare for the elderly.

To be able to understand - and maybe even empathize - with our handicapped or aged patients, we young healthcare workers (and doctors, like myself) would - for 24 hours at time - mimic some aspect of handicap or aging. For example, we would go through a day in a wheelchair to simulate physical handicap. Or we’d wear glasses with the lenses covered with vaseline to blur our vision. Or perhaps we’d wear special earplugs to simulate being hearing impaired. And all of this was done so that when we encountered patients with such life impairments, we might understand them better. 

Well, 700 years before The Messiah came, Isaiah prophesied that God Himself would come and suffer humanity to be able to save us from our infirmities as sinners (see Isaiah, Chapter 53). And then after The Messiah had been raised from the dead, The Apostle Paul laid out for us how our Lord laid aside His glory and majesty to humble himself as a man and to ultimately go to the cross to defeat death (see Phil. 2:5-11).

 So, I hope all reading here with me have used the link above to see the video and hear Wayne Watson sing about Jesus, … “The Friend of a Wounded Heart,”. … My friend, He’s the One Who can - and will - take upon Himself our wounds and care for our needs. Perhaps you need such a “FRIEND" today.

Well, if so, … Jesus has been there, … walked in your shoes, … and wears your T-shirt!

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Thank You for understanding and always being there when I need You. Amen  

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