When evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: He himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.
~ Matthew 8:16-17 (CSB)
No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There’s no other friend so kind as He; No one else could take the sin and darkness from me -O how much He cared for me!
~ Charles Weigle
Matthew is referring to Isaiah 53:4 we believe…Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,and he carried our pains. The fact that Jesus was willing to take my sin, shame, guilt, weakness, pain, sorrow and sickness is more than amazing, more than wonderful. We don’t have an English word to describe such a sacrifice. We observed communion last Sunday and one of our men wanted to talk with me after the service. He said, “Bro. Jack, God used you today to reveal to me something that I had never actually thought about–Jesus intentionally made Himself weak in order to save us.” We sat and talked for minutes about the wonder of it all. Jesus, the Son of God, omnipotent in His person allowed a group of thugs and hypocrites to put chains around his wrist and to lead him to a mock trial. The poor fools thought they were in control but Jesus was following His Father’s plan. The Jews thought they were in control and so did Pilate and the Gentiles but it was Jesus who was in control. He intentionally made Himself weak in order to make us strong.
Today’s quote comes from Charles Weigle. Charles was an evangelist and a good one. He came in from one of his evangelistic crusades and found a note from his wife. She told him she did not want to be the wife of an evangelist and that she was leaving and would not be back. She was the love of Charles life and he was devastated. For several years he reeled and stumbled along; her rejection had crushed his spirit. He found it hard to do anything: preach, pray, prepare or write. After many months of darkness, the light broke through and Charles realized what many of us came to realize through similar experience, “No one cares for us like Jesus.” It was from this broken-hearted experience that he wrote his most beautiful hymn…
I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
I would tell you how He changed my life completely –
He did something that no other friend could do.
No one ever cared for me like Jesus;
There’s no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me –
O how much He cared for me!
In researching the hymn, I read the story of a man who shared a major problem with a friend. He was looking for love and support. He was a bit disturbed when his friend acted as if he didn’t care and never showed any interest in sharing the man’s burden. Have you ever attempted to share something deeply personal with someone is was supposed to care and they gave you the deaf ear or a matter of fact answer. You can tell when someone doesn’t want to listen. Humans don’t always make good friends; we are prone to selfishness. We are so wrapped up in our own aches and pains that we are not able to sympathize with others. This is the great thing about a vertical relationship: Jesus always cares and He is always their to listen.