“The only way to be really happy, in such a world as this is to be ever casting all our cares on God. It is the trying to carry their own burdens which so often makes believers sad … There is a friend ever waiting to help us, if we will only unbosom to Him our sorrow, – a friend who pitied the poor, the sick, and sorrowful, when He was upon earth, – a friend who knows the heart of a man, for He lived thirty-three years amongst us, – a friend who can weep with the weepers, for He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, – a friend who is able to help us, for there never was earthly pain He could not cure. That friend is Jesus Christ. The way to be happy is to be always opening our hearts to Him.”
(J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion, p.81)
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A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…For the Bible to speak of Jesus like this always gives me pause. I know that he also laughed and joked with his friends and family, but we never see it recorded in scripture. However, we do see that he was a man of sorrows. What burden he carried! For you and me. What a glorious Savior we have.