Jesus knows about our afflictions because He experienced many of them Himself. Let’s follow Jesus in Mark 14:34, Luke 22:44, and Mark 15:34. In these verses, Jesus experienced depression to
the point of death, and his sweat was like drops of blood. That’s anguish.
34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
My soul has been overwhelmed to the point of death. I have been in anguish so deep that my very lifeblood seemed to be oozing out of me. I have looked up to heaven and asked God why He has forsaken me.
And He heard me. Though He didn’t heal me on the spot, eventually He led me out of depression and into stability, so I can help my brothers and sisters who are depressed. Blessed to be a blessing. That’s my ministry. That’s why I write this blog. Each day I pray for all of you who are depressed, asking God to sustain you in your affliction and to bring you out on the other side. He did for me. He can do the same for you.