Lent: The Deep Things of God, Part 1- Grief

As we continue to look at the deeper things of God during this Lenten journey, we begin in the Book of Ezekiel:

“As for you, son of man, groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes”.

Very early, as Jesus began his ministry, Herod decided to behead John the Baptist.

“Now when Jesus heard about John’s death, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard Jesus was in the neighborhood, they followed him on foot from the towns”.

Poor Jesus needed time alone to grieve for John.

It is important to remember that John was the only person, a true kindred spirit who really understood Jesus, the work, and the personal sacrifice of ministry.

Jesus had to grieve John’s death and then go back to work.

Jesus was then and still is the suffering servant of humanity. Jesus grieved a great deal during his ministry.

Can you relate?

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