He Knows…

Crown of Thorns

This week.

What are we to make of it all?

Are we so familiar with the events of Easter that it has become just another Bible story to us? Do we have any grasp of the great price that was paid? Any realization of our utter depravity – that we were hopelessly drowning in our sins, and completely unworthy of this extravagant act of grace?

He loved us anyway, dear one.

Fully. Lavishly. Perfectly.

Do you believe it?

I’ve been participating in a Kyle Idleman DVD study entitled, The Easter Experience. The videos dramatically portray the passion and resurrection of Jesus in a moving and powerful way. The scene of Jesus being scourged, spat upon, and ridiculed moved me to tears. We were challenged to consider why the death of Jesus had to be so brutal. Surely the penalty for sin could have been satisfied through a less torturous method of execution.

Idleman gently reminds us that because the journey to the cross was marked by betrayal, abuse, humiliation, loneliness and agonizing pain, Jesus truly understands any type of suffering we may face. He was betrayed by his closest friends, and forsaken by his Father. He understands emotional suffering, and can empathize with us in times of heartache and brokenness.

He understands spiritual oppression. Hebrews 2:18 tells us, “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted” (NIV).

And Jesus suffered the most horrible death. We use the word excruciating to describe pain that is unbearable. The word is derived from the practice of crucifixion, and literally means ‘out of the cross’. Jesus understands what it is to suffer physical pain. Although horrible to think about the suffering of our precious Jesus, how wonderful to know that He understands us in our suffering.

I am reminded of the lyrics of Jeremy Camp’s song, He Knows…

“He Knows”

All the bitter weary ways

Endless striving day by day

You barely have the strength to pray

In the valley low

And how hard your fight has been

How deep the pain within

Wounds that no one else has seen

Hurts too much to show

All the doubt you’re standing in between

And all the weight that brings you to your knees

 [Chorus:]

He knows

He knows

Every hurt and every sting

He has walked the suffering

He knows

He knows

Let your burdens come undone

Lift your eyes up to the one

Who knows

He knows

He knows

We may faint and we may sink

Feel the pain and near the brink

But the dark begins to shrink

When you find the one who knows

The chains of doubt that held you in between

one by one are starting to break free

[Chorus]

Every time you feel forsaken

Every time that you feel alone

He is near to the brokenhearted

Every tear

He knows

He knows

[Chorus]

How comforting to know that He truly understands! He understands everything I have ever gone through in the past, and anything that may happen to me in the future. Not only does He know, but He is deeply moved with compassion for us. It breaks His heart when He sees us hurting. Not one moment of our sorrow escapes His notice.

You keep track of all my sorrows.

    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.

    You have recorded each one in your book.

Psalm 56:8

He has collected your tears, dear one, and recorded each moment of your sorrow in His book. Whenever you are hurting, He is there. He notices, and He cares deeply. He loves you so much that when you are suffering, it hurts Him too – like a mother whose heart breaks for the sadness or pain of her child, but infinitely more so. We are so very precious to Him.

I love how Stasi Eldredge speaks of the wonder of Christ’s sacrificial love for us…

 “Your Jesus is the One who rode into the depths of the darkest, most dangerous dungeon to rescue his True Love. He is the One who will ride again on a white steed with fire in his eyes and a flaming sword in his hand. He has inscribed you into the palm of his nail-pierced hand. He knows your every thought, numbers your every hair, and cherishes your every tear. Jesus weeps for you and with you, longs for you, hopes for you, dreams of you, and rejoices over you with singing. He is the one who has battled all the forces of hell to free you…”

  Becoming Myself ~ Stasi Eldredge

Easter overflows with glorious hope, dear one. Just when mankind was at their lowest, men having crucified the very Son of God, the miracle of Easter burst forth with a radiance that the world had not yet known. We were no longer under the curse of sin and death, but under the new covenant of beautiful grace. How glorious this gift; this breaking of the power of darkness by the rising of God’s precious Son, our Savior and Friend, our Jesus!

May God richly bless each of you, this Easter, with a fresh understanding of His great love for you,

Kamea

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33 thoughts on “He Knows…

  1. It is so true that we can approach this week with familiarity. May God stir our hearts to see Him anew – His suffering, His dying, His victory. Just for us. How extravagant is the love He has for each of us. Grateful to have stopped here this morning. Blessings!

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    • Welcome Joanne,

      I know that familiarity with the Bible can be challenging for me sometimes. I have gotten so much out of participating in the Easter Experience study. It is so difficult to watch some of the scenes, but it has helped me to understand afresh the extravagant price that was paid, and the deep love that motivated the gift.

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  2. Kamea, This is just beautiful! I love the verse in Psalms about Him collecting our tears. What a beautiful picture of the One who cares for each of us personally. I especially needed this: “Whenever you are hurting, He is there. He notices, and He cares deeply.” Simple, but profound words there. Thank you for your call to remember Who God is, and who we are to Him. #RaRaLinkup

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    • Sweet Angela,

      I love that verse too. It paints such a vivid picture of love – one that I can hold onto when I am struggling. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

      Much love to you,
      Kamea

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    • Dear Jolene,

      I need to remember these truths as well, and am so thankful my loving, heavenly Father reminded me of the depth of His genuine empathy for His hurting children. I’m glad you were blessed today, and I hope we can connect again soon!

      Blessings dear one,
      Kamea

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  3. I just love Psalm 56. The idea that He actually sees us. That He knows us not just in the general way of knowing mankind, but in the very specific way of knowing us as individuals – our hurts, our disappointments, our hopes. Beautiful words, Kamea.

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    • Psalm 56 truly is beautiful! I love how you described the way He knows us, “not just in the general way of knowing mankind, but in the very specific way of knowing us as individuals”. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement! I hope we will connect again soon!

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  4. Yes and amen to every word! How comforting to know that Jesus truly does know, more than any other human ever could, our sorrows and our pain. This is a wonderful Easter reflection … so glad I stopped by from #TellHisStory.

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    • Welcome Lois!

      How comforting indeed! We will never fully grasp the extent of His great love and compassion for us, this side of heaven, but how beautiful a truth!

      May God richly bless you this Easter,
      Kamea

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  5. I’ve had that song He Knows stuck in my mind before… It’s been a quiet reminder to me that He understands. Today my counselor asked me to write about my grief. I have such a hard time grieving. Reading your blog triggered a good memory for me… The memory that what brought me to salvation in the first place was that Jesus knew my sorrows and grieved with me and prayed for me when I didn’t even know how to pray for myself. I realize today He’s still doing that. I don’t like to grieve because it makes me feel weak, but Jesus grieves for us and He’s certainly not weak. In our weaknesses we find His strength. As I begin to write about my grief I will remember that He is the Man of Sorrows acquainted with my grief. He knows. I’m not alone. It’s safe to grieve. Thank you Kamea for this beautiful post. xxx hugs

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    • My sweet friend,

      Your beautiful story of how you came to faith touched my heart this morning! How wonderful to know that He has grieved with us, and for us – and that He intercedes on our behalf before the Father. So powerful!

      I understand the struggle to grieve for ourselves. It is so easy to fall for Satan’s lie that we are not worthy, and therefore not worth crying over. But not our sweet Jesus. He cries over everything that was lost. He wants us to count the cost, to grieve the loss, and to find freedom in His strength.

      Love you deeply,
      Kamea

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  6. Thank you for the beautiful reminder that Jesus KNOWS. He GETS it. What an encouragement to know that he’s been there, done that and because office relationship with his Father, everything was made new.

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    • It really is such an uplifting truth, isn’t it Anita! I pray that we would remember His great love and compassion for us, when we find ourselves facing the troubles that this world often brings. Accepting and believing the extent of His love changes everything!

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  7. Kamea,
    Wow…sounds like a powerful DVD…and this: “Whenever you are hurting, He is there. He notices, and He cares deeply.” This truth makes all the difference in the midst of our pain…many blessings to you this Easter.

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    • Sweet Dolly,

      It truly is such a powerful series. There are 6 sessions, and we have been watching two at each meeting. We meet for the final time this Saturday, and I am anticipating that celebrating His resurrection the following morning is going to be very powerful as well.

      Many blessings to you this Easter,
      Kamea

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  8. I love your words about why Jesus had to endure the scourging, the humiliation, the abandonment by His friends… so He could empathize with us in our sufferings. Thank you for a beautiful post, and may you have a blessed Easter weekend!

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    • Dearest Sarah,

      Your loving, heavenly Father is so very fond of you! His desire for relationship with you was the only reason He needed. His thoughts and ways are far above our own, but how wonderful they are!

      Many blessings,
      Kamea

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    • Welcome Letetia!

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I am so glad that you stopped by, and shared your thoughts. I look forward to getting to know you!

      Many blessings,
      Kamea

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  9. Hi Kamea! What a beautiful reflection on Christ’s suffering… You know, I am always overwhelmed at the spitting part of the Passion. It is such a sign of disrespect, of hatred. Yet Jesus took it all on himself for me.
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration. May God continue to bless you and yours abundantly now and in this year,
    Ceil

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    • Sweet Ceil,

      He truly did endure all manner of evil on our behalf. He knew the cost, and determined that we were worth the heavy price. A beautiful act of love!

      You always bless me with such loving words of encouragement! I am so thankful for you!

      Much love,
      Kamea

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    • I am so blessed to have you here, spreading your love and encouragement in my little corner of the internet. I am so thankful for your friendship, Kelly! As you have said, there is a connection between us that defies explanation. I believe God has something special planned for us, and I can’t wait to see what it is!
      Much love to you,
      Kamea

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