Psalm 48:6 NLT
6 They were gripped with terror and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.

Psalm 69:29 NLT
29 I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

Hebrews 13:3 NLT
3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

1 Peter 4:1 NLT
1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.

Revelation 21:4 NLT
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

It pains me some to write this lesson on pain. I do so because I am thinking about the pain each of us suffers at one time or another. More important, I am thinking about the unfathomable pain Jesus experienced at His crucifixion. Good Friday is coming up so some people are thinking about this briefly once a year and then on with their lives they go. I hope you are not one of those but someone who can relate, any time of year, to what our Jesus went through at the cross.

We would rather not have pain to the extent that some people are on addictive medication to mask their pain. We want comfort for any price.

I am having pain from several teeth that are infected and abscessed. I will have them extracted later this morning. I do not like going to the dentist and I do not like anticipating more pain. However, I think the pain of extraction will be less than what I feel now.

I am wanting out of this pain. Part of me wishes I had those powerful painkillers. I have laid down to rest much of the time the last few days, just to alleviate the pain.

I do not understand very well yet that we have pain for a reason. Pain can signal something going wrong in our bodies.  Pain can be telling us to do something different. Pain can be reminding us to pray for the healing that Jesus can do for us. Some people believe “what goes around comes around” and we are getting our comeuppance for past misdeeds. Some people believe just that “pain happens.” 

I read about a young girl who had no sense of touch who was always hurting herself because of not being able to feel pain. She wished she could feel pain like the rest of us.

If we did not feel pain we would probably not feel pleasure either but be in this limbo where nothing good or bad occurred.

So let us think twice about the pain we and others are experiencing. It is normal. It can help us get help. It can help us relate to Jesus and what He went through for us before the Resurrection; that He took our sins away, if we have repented, been baptized in Jesus’ Name and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. If you haven’t done this yet, now is a good time. You could truly celebrate and rejoice on Easter Sunday coming up in a few days. There is the joy of Jesus beyond any pain we have felt, are feeling now and will feel in the future. Let us look to Jesus for help in every need. Let us be thankful that we can feel pain so that we can do something about it, as well as possible. Let us relate to Jesus and feel His pain on Good Friday.

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