When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: (Matt. 2:16-17 NIV)
This is what the LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more” (Jer. 31:15 NIV).
God has loved us with an everlasting love. He has drawn us to himself with loving-kindness. He feels our pain. Jesus went through great suffering for us when he lived on this earth so that he could become our compassionate, merciful and faithful high priest. He knows what we are going through. He knows the sorrow that we feel in our hearts at the loss of human lives in senseless and cruel tragedies, or at the deceptions propagated as truth. He knows, because they beat him beyond recognition, and then they (his enemies) sent him to the cross, although he had done no wrong.
So, he is our sympathetic and merciful high priest. He so longs for us to come to him in our weeping and in our sorrow, and to put our trust in Him to save us from our sins, to give us new lives in Christ, and to believe in all his many promises to us, including the promise and hope of eternal life with Him in glory. He longs for those of us who are his, by faith, to rest in him, to trust him, to bring our burdens to him, and to receive his comfort and joy.
An Original Work / December 14, 2012
Based off Jeremiah 31:15 (cf. Matt. 2:18)
Weeping in Ramah; her children no more.
Rachel is weeping; her comfort forlorn.
Jesus is waiting; her comforter be,
When she calls on Him down on bended knee.
He has provided our sins’ sacrifice,
When He died for our sin, paying the price.
Our hearts are broken; we’re feeling her pain;
Looking for answers and someone to blame.
Jesus is calling us; Him to believe;
Turning from our sins, so we can be free.
Trust in His promises. Lean on His grace;
Living for Jesus, eternal life gain.
Days of confusion, distress, pain and grief;
Looking for someone to give us relief.
Our God and Father in heaven above
Is looking down to us; providing love.
Call upon Him in your sadness and pain.
Trust your life with His Son; live life again.