1. Jesus comes to meet us at our level so we can have a personal relationship with him.
2. Jesus comes to us with deepest sympathy so that he may draw us to himself and that he may send us out to comfort others.
3. Jesus comes to give his life for us so we can give ours to him.
1. In what way has Jesus come to meet you at your level? How is he engaging with you personally today? What could he be doing with your life today?
2. Jesus entered the man's world and touched him. What does that teach us about how we love our neighbours? Is there someone you or your small group can touch today?
3. Your suffering matters to Jesus, it offends him and he grieves with you. How does that affect how you approach God. Meditate on Hebrews 4:15-16, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
4. There is something about suffering that draws people close to one another. How does Jesus' sympathy send us out to comfort others (cf. 1Cor 1:3-4)? Looking at your own suffering, is there someone you can comfort today because you have suffered? Can we, New City Church, become that beautiful community where people find healing in Jesus and in one another?
5. "He has done all things well." Can you say that in all and any of your life situation? As you contemplate on what Jesus has done for you on the cross, how does that motivate you to praise Him and to proclaim Him?
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