Weight of the World
He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
Ever heard of “carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?” This is where that expression came from. A person might use this expression to describe a tough day they’re having with all their responsibilities coming to a head at the same time. But Jesus is the only person who actually literally did this. He, indeed, took on everyone’s junk all at once and all on his own.
And he still does. He still invites everyone who is tired and has burdens to come to him and he will give us rest (Matthew 11:28-30). He tells us to cast our cares on to him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). And Psalm 145:14 reminds us that the Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. How can he lift us up from out under our “loads” without lifting our loads too?
He is still carrying the weight of our weakness, our troubles, our mistakes, our anxieties and fears for us. He carried mankind’s sin once & for all in order to make a way for us to be right with God (see Romans 3:21-23). But he keeps doing it for those who love and trust him so we won’t be overwhelmed in the meantime while we wait for his return.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
TAKE HEART! Jesus has already overcome the world so we don’t have to “carry the weight” of it on our shoulders today. He does that for us!
Thank you for the absolute relief you brought to us through your Son, Jesus, and that he continuously provides relief for us every day. I love you so much and thank you that you never intend for me to be weighed down by life. Thank you! I love you so much and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.