One of the times we desperately need to cry out to the Prince of Peace is during great loss. Jesus is well acquainted with loss. When Jesus chose to leave His heavenly throne and come to earth, He experienced great loss: the loss of leaving the physical Presence of His Father and the Spirit; giving up His honorable position as Lord of lords and King of kings while on earth; substituting His abundant dwelling in a completely holy place for an impoverished, sinful world; the loss of His home; the loss of the blessed fellowship with all those in the heavenlies; and the loss of receiving the worship He deserves.
Throughout His life, He continued to suffer great loss, thus He can understand our pain and struggles. “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” (Hebrews 4:15). Because Jesus was willing to leave the comfort of His heavenly dwelling and come to us as a mere lowly baby, we are able to have confidence that He truly identifies with our losses and sufferings. If anything, we can say that His sufferings were so much more than ours because we cannot possibly comprehend all that He went through. Take a few minutes to read Isaiah 53 and get a taste of His great sufferings. Before He died on the cross, all the punishment for our sin was placed upon Him and for the first time in eternity, He was separated from His Father. Thus, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46).
Have you suffered from betrayal, death of a loved one, a broken relationship, loss of honor, poverty, unfair judgment from others, oppression or abuse, misunderstandings, persecution, or physical and emotional pain? Jesus understands. He has been there. The Prince of Peace is the Perfect comforter. Bring your pain to Him and ask Him to fill you with His peace, love, understanding and comfort.
We cannot always understand why the Father allows pain and suffering. But we know that God is love and He will use all things, even our suffering for our ultimate good, others’ good, and His glory. “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer . . . After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life, and be satisfied; by His knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:10-11).