"Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."
This morning, I was reminded of this passage of Scripture. God reminded me that I am to have a servant's heart, just like my Saviour. He reminded me of many things.
Just like me, Christ knows what it means to suffer. I know that when I go to Him with my burdens, He understands. Yet, compared to Him, though, I do not know one iota of suffering!
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Christ knows what kind of things I feel, what things overwhelm my heart and mind. Yet, He is reminding me to come to His throne, that I may obtain mercy and grace in my time of need. There is no reason for me to go about constantly overwhelmed by the things burdening me: He has the help I need.
So, even though there are things getting me "down," I know how I ought to behave myself. If I keep that in mind, I will fare much better, than if I do what I normally do: keep musing upon the problem(s). If I keep in mind that Jesus served His disciples, His friends, those whom He called family; knowing that all His friends (indeed, His family) would forsake Him at His most trying hour, even going so far as to deny they knew Him; then, I can make it through my trial(s). Compared to Him, I have it easy. And yes, I do compare myself to Him, to keep myself checked into reality.
When I see what troubles me, and see what troubled (and troubles Him still) Him, I feel foolish. Yet, I do no see Him upbraiding me for it. I see Him telling me to come to Him with it/them; and, getting onto me for not giving Him my burdens!
I see Him telling me what to do, and what not to do. I see Him reminding me that He is my Heavenly Father, and that He knows best. I see Him reminding me to have faith in Him.
All these reminders are a much needed, much soothing, balm to a stinging and worn heart. It puts a fresh perspective in my mind, and gives me the refreshment I need. Just speaking about it now, gives me the energy I need, that I have lacked for many months.
I hope that those verses help you out there. I know I am not the only one who suffers. I hope that you, too, will be encouraged with the Saviour's heart towards His blood-bought children.