Every parent knows the hurts their children go through. Many times the children we bear have to go through things that make the hearts of the parent hurt. How many times have I said to myself “I wish I could take away the pain”, or “How I wish I could prevent them from going through this”. During those times, the heart throbs and hurts, as you realize the parents cannot walk this life for their children. The child has to walk his or her own path. They have to reap what they sow and they have to learn and be taught.
It is this attitude of wanting to take away the pain, which I believe the Father feels towards us. After all it was his working to deliver us from the biggest pain we face as humans. That is being redeemed from our sins. The Father made it possible for us before the foundation of the world. For it was there the plans were laid to send His son, Jesus Christ to die as a sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Even John the Baptist knew who Jesus was. He was the Lamb that was to come, the Lamb prophesied by Isaiah. Jesus was the Lamb which would take away the sins of the world.
John 1:29 ¶The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
As the sacrifice, Jesus would be oppressed, afflicted for the sins of many. As a Lamb, he opened not his mouth, as he was led to the slaughter.
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
It is in this sacrifice for our sins that the wayward sons and daughters can come again to the Father, through the Son. Jesus revealed this life eternal and deliverance to us when he prayed thus:
John 17:1 ¶These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
In this prayer, he spoke of the work had been finished which the Father gave to him to do. The true life eternal he brought was that we “might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
Paul also speaks of comfort, mercies, and consolation. These words are potent as they reveal what many parents, even the Father himself feels towards his children. To provide not only salvation from sin, but comfort, mercy, and consolation in the tribulations of the children of God.
2 Corinthians 1:3 ¶Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 ¶And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
In Revelation we see that the Lamb, who died for our sins, Jesus Christ, will be there for us. It will be through the “blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and loving our lives not unto the death” that we will overcome. It is also revealed that the Lamb shall feed us, leading us to the living fountains of waters, and then wiping our tears away. It is in this hope, that we today can find comfort and know that God indeed has worked to “take our pain away”, i.e., the pain of death because of separation from God because of sin. Add to this the Pain coming from sorrow, hatred, trials, tribulations, and the daily stresses of life. For all this, the Lamb of God died to redeem you and me, bringing us into the presence of God.
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
It is in this work of God now there allows us to come boldly unto the throne of Grace and obtain mercy, grace, and find help from our Father in heaven. This was made possible by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ our Lord and his work on the cross.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The apostle Paul in Colossians gives us a summary of this deliverance and work of Christ Jesus. Read it carefully and understand what he is saying.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 ¶And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
There is one name that brings us deliverance and salvation, the name Jesus Christ our Lord.
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.