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"And he sighed deeply in his spirit ..."
Mark 8: 12

"When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled."
John 11: 33

"And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch."
Mark 14: 33-34

e as members of the human race know a diversity of emotions. Sometimes we experience joy, and other times sorrow.

Let us try to imagine what those emotions were like to our perfect Lord & Saviour who was acutely sensitive to all those emotions with perfect balance of character. He felt everything keenly and deeply.

The Bible gives us a small glimpse of the intense sorrow and pain He felt in anticipation of the cross and the great burden He was about to bear. Such was the agony of it that He sweat was like large drops of blood!

It is doubtful if any one of us will ever know pain like this in our life time and we know that He bore this pain and there was so much more to come when on the cross He suffered, bled, and died in the place of every single member of the human race. So great was His love and so great was our need - and indeed how great is our responsibility to embrace His finished work on our behalf.

When we study the personhood of our beloved Lord Jesus we see "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." Isaiah 53: 3. However, when we listen carefully to His gracious words we hear Him speak of joy that nobody will ever be able to take away from those who trust Him fully.

For some reason the Bible never mentions to us of Him expressing joy and laughter  but each of His dear people are joyful recipients of this wonderful blessing which the Bible calls "joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1: 8.

Thanks be to God for the One "Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death ..." Hebrews 5: 7, so that we might know the joy of our sins forgiven and the certainty of a home in heaven. ♥

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