| Pastor's Corner | Ptr. Gerry Holloway |
THE PROBLEM OF PAIN. Here is an everyday problem to some and a sure-to-come problem for all of us. I have noticed that there are two sides to pain. One is the person who is suffering and longing for relief. They pray. They go to God and the doctors. They take medicines. Sometimes it helps; sometimes, nothing seems to help. The other side of suffering is those who look on. They are not suffering themselves but often are forced to look on to those who are suffering, and sometimes it is someone whom they dearly love.
However, they find themselves helpless in trying to help the suffering loved one or friend. When Jesus came to Lazarus his friend, He found that he had already died, and He looked around at all those who were weeping because Lazarus had already died. Then the Bible passage says something that seems strange. It says, “Jesus wept.” Why, we may ask, did He weep? He knew what He could do and would do. He would raise Lazarus from the dead, and yet He wept. He wept with those who were weeping. He felt their pain in not being able to do something for Lazarus to keep him from dying, and now he was gone. Jesus was pulled into their pain of loss and wept with them. He still does today. He still weeps with us in our helplessness and pain. He will take care of the situation as He did for Lazarus. He takes note of your tears and will one day wipe them all.