• Ashley Bowman

For the Pregnant Mom

Updated: Jun 7

When I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child, I was thrilled. It was a wonderful surprise. But then I thought about the birth. I would have to have my fourth c-section. I knew what that would entail-all the details and all the risk. It troubled me.

As the due date drew closer, my distress amplified. Day by day, as my scheduled fourth major abdominal surgery approached, I grew more and more apprehensive. I was excited for the new life that would be coming soon, but overwhelmed by the thought of what I’d have to go through to get there.

I would have to have the surgery.

There was no other way.

Jesus knew His mission. Jesus knew that He had come to die and bear the punishment of all our sin, suffering God's wrath in our place, so we can have eternal life with Him. He knew the terrible truth that he would have to be separated from God in order to accomplish this purpose. The night before he was to die the Bible says that “he began to be deeply distressed and troubled”. Jesus told his disciples “my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34). Then he fell to the ground and cried out to God that “the hour might pass from him”. He prayed, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me" (Mark 14:35-36).

But then Jesus says, “Not what I will, but what You will”.

Jesus knew and God confirmed: There was no other way.

He is the Way.

So He obeyed. He told the disciples the time had come.

He allowed Himself to be arrested. He didn't fight. He just said, “The Scriptures must be fulfilled”.

Jesus was distressed. He was troubled. He was grieved. He cried out to God in His overwhelming sorrow.

And then He did it anyway.

He died for you.

He died for me.

He died to take the punishment of our sin so we can be found faultless before God.

He died, forsaken by God, so we can be close to Him.

Because He loves us.

And then He rose again.

Jesus is able to empathize with us. When we are distressed, troubled, overwhelmed, or grieved, let us do as He did and draw near to the Father and cry out to Him in honesty and authenticity so we can be comforted by Him and empowered to do what He has called us to do.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ"(2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

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