Jesus “Man of Sorrows”

Photo: reframed from bbc.com, 16 February 2024

Funny, how God goes ahead of us. Yesterday I found myself weeping over BBC report of the death of anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny who was long the most prominent voice for democracy in Russia. It was reported that he died ‘suddenly’ in prison where he had been sentenced by the Kremlin to 19 years for what most agree, were politically motivated charges. 

I couldn’t understand why I was so upset? It wasn’t as if I was grieving for someone I knew personally. It seemed so silly, but I still felt compelled to pray out load for God’s justice in this fallen world, when most others our worship group yesterday was thanking God for his mercy. My tears didn’t make sense to me. 

Then this morning, as I reflected on the subject of grief in my quiet time, I was directed to Jesus, ‘A man of Sorrows’ through a daily devotional I use and the grief Jesus felt as he walked the earth on a daily basis (and still does) and I’m comforted. Comforted and reassured that my lament that evil had once again appeared to prevail, and was therefore justified, but my sorrow was shared and would one day be overcome!  

Whether you have any religious faith beliefs or not, I encourage you to be courageous in calling out injustice wherever you see it even if it doesn’t make sense at the time. It will eventually because its likely to be motivated by love.