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THE SYMPATHY OF CHRIST.pdf

THE SYMPATHY OF CHRIST.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER



THE gospel story of Christ
closes with the account of
his ascension. He was re-
ceived up into heaven and
sat down at the right hand
of God. Was that the
end of his interest in this world .^^ Does he
think of us up there in his glory.'' Does he
know anything of us down here in our strug-
gles, our toils, our cares, and our sorrows.? Is
he interested in our lives in this world — in our
joys and griefs, in our hopes and fears .f^
The answer to these questions is that in heaven
he is "touched with the feeling of our infirmi-
ties." He sympathizes with us in all the ex-
periences of our lives.
BY J. R. MILLER



THE gospel story of Christ
closes with the account of
his ascension. He was re-
ceived up into heaven and
sat down at the right hand
of God. Was that the
end of his interest in this world .^^ Does he
think of us up there in his glory.'' Does he
know anything of us down here in our strug-
gles, our toils, our cares, and our sorrows.? Is
he interested in our lives in this world — in our
joys and griefs, in our hopes and fears .f^
The answer to these questions is that in heaven
he is "touched with the feeling of our infirmi-
ties." He sympathizes with us in all the ex-
periences of our lives.

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THE SYMPATHY OF CHRISTBY J. R. MILLER THE gospel story of Christcloses with the account of his ascension. He was re-ceived up into heaven andsat down at the right handof God. Was that theend of his interest in this world .^^ Does hethink of us up there in his glory.'' Does heknow anything of us down here in our strug-gles, our toils, our cares, and our sorrows.? Ishe interested in our lives in this world — in our joys and griefs, in our hopes and fears .f^The answer to these questions is that in heavenhe is "touched with the feeling of our infirmi-ties." He sympathizes with us in all the ex-periences of our lives. The word sympathymeans suffering with. If two musical instru-ments, standing near each other, are tuned tothe same key, and a performer plays on one[53]ifintimg tl^e Wai^of them, the chords of the other respond, too,as if invisible fingers were playing the samemusic on the strings. When two friends areside by side, and one of them is passingthrough an experience of either joy or pain,the other shares the experience. So Christ inheaven sympathizes with his friends on the
 
earth in their experiences, and is instantlytouched with the feehng of their gladnessand their grief.We believe all this as a doctrine, but whatmeaning has it for us in our own lives .'' Whatis Christ in heaven to us in a personal, practi-cal way? If the truth of the sympathy of Christ becomes real in our experience, it willbring great strength and inspiration to us.We are helped in times of weakness or suffer-ing by the consciousness that human friendsare thinking of us and sharing our trouble.Immeasurably greater is the help which itgives us to know that Christ in heaven istouched by our pain and feels with us.If we were really conscious that Christ cares,feels with us, is actually interested in our[54]large and small affairs, it would change themeaning of all life for us."// / could only surely knowThat all the things that tire me soWere noticed by my Lord — The 'pang that cuts me like a knife,The lesser pains of daily strife — What peace it would afford !"I wonder if he really sharesIn all these little human cares,This mighty King of kings;If he who guides through boundless spaceEach blazing planet in its placeCan have the condescending grace
 
To mind these petty things.''It seems to me, if sure of this,Blent with each ill would come such blissThat I might covet pain.And deem whatever brought to meThe loving thought of DeityAnd sense of Christ's sweet sympathy,Not loss, but richest gain."Dear Lord, my heart shall no more doubtThat thou dost compass me aboutWith sympathy divine:[55]sfinDmg tl^e Wai^The love for me once crucifiedIs not the love to leave my side,But waiteth ever to divideEach smallest care of mine.''We have hints of the same truth in the OldTestament. For example, we read with refer-ence to God's people: "In all their afflictionshe was afflicted." But the New Testamentteaching means far more than this, for Christlived all the story of human life through toits close, for himself, and, therefore, knowsit by experience. When we are weary, it com-forts us to remember that many times he wasweary, too. When we are treated unfairly,unkindly, or even with bitter wrong, itstrengthens us to know that he understands,because he suffered in the same way. In our

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