We all have had a “woe is me” story at some point in our lives where we just don’t get why bad things keep happening to us. We can get so absorbed in “us” that we forget to take our eyes off of what really matters. This particular blog will be a reality check for some because no matter what you’re going through, it doesn’t compare to what has already been done for you through the death of Jesus Christ.
Life isn’t fair, people aren’t fair, our circumstances may not be fair, but through it all God is just. No matter what you’re going through, you really don’t have anything to complain about if you compare your situation to what Jesus had to go through for you. I’m not minimizing the circumstances in our lives, but what I am trying to do is help you to realize that because of what Jesus did for you, and because He can fix anything, you don’t have to have a “woe is me” story if you recognize the greater power that is in you.
If we talk about life and circumstances not being fair, we need to think about Jesus. Jesus was sent to be an offering for the sin of the world, including you and I. A man had to die, so we could live. A man had to die in order for us to be right with God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) says, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” I want you to let that marinate for minute. Jesus, who is pure and sinless, had to take on your sins. Wow! Talk about not being fair, and to make it worse, people still act like His death was in vain. We actually have the nerve and audacity to complain about the uncomfortable situations that we go through, when we will never truly know the agony that Jesus had to endure for us. Every negative circumstance and uncomfortable situation that can affect us, Jesus already nailed it to the cross. Meditate on what Christ did for you and then think about if what you’re going through is really fair or not. If anyone can truly say that something isn’t fair, it’s Jesus. Below is a “short” list of what He went through for YOU:
- He was despised and rejected (v. 3)
- He carried your weaknesses, sicknesses, and sorrows (v. 4)
- He was wounded and bruised for your transgressions (sins) (v. 5)
- He did not declare His innocence, but kept silent (v. 7)
- His life was cut short so yours could be extended (v. 8)
- He died a criminal’s death (v. 9)
- His life was a sacrifice for yours (v. 10)
- He was put on trial for offenses that He did not commit (v. 57-66)
- He was spit on, punched, humiliated, and beaten (v. 67)
- He was beaten with a cat-o-nine tails (v. 26)
- He was mocked, ridiculed, and taunted (v. 27-31)
- After being beaten to the point of being unrecognizable (see Isaiah 52:14), He was forced to carry His own cross to His death (v. 32)
- He was nailed to the cross (v. 35)
- He had to endure His Father turning His back on Him (v. 46)
- He gave up His Spirit, bowed His head and died for you (v. 50)
- He went to hell for three days and three nights in your place (v.27)
- He gave up his divine rights and privileges (v. 7)
- He took on the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (v.7)
- He humbled Himself to God even to obedience to dying on the cross (v. 8)
Next time you think life isn’t fair, think about what Jesus. If Christ lives in you, you have absolutely nothing to complain about. It’s time to change your focus and keep your eyes on Jesus. The more you keep your eyes on Him, He’ll work on the uncomfortable situations in your life. Our problems are nothing compared to what Jesus went through, so it’s time that we learn to be more grateful and do what James 1:2 says regarding our problems, count it all joy!