James Maclagan on Christ’s human infirmities and his sympathy for our trials

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Engaged in the very same conflict by which Christ acquired his own sense of infirmity, they may rest assured that he can thoroughly appreciate theirs. With what kind or degree of infirmity can they be tried of which he had not experience? Toil, pain, poverty, disappointment, reproach and calumny, the strife of tongues, the violence of hostile deeds, oppression, mockery, murder, were his portion more than any man’s.

His tender feelings were wounded by the death of friends—by the anguish of a mother with the sword in her soul—by the treachery of false disciples—by the desertion, in his time of utmost need, of those who were sincerely devoted to him—by the eternal ruin of many whom “beholding he loved,” and amongst them his own unbelieving kindred.

The mysterious powers of hell were let loose upon him. The hand of God touched him. These things, and more, came upon him lo the uttermost. “He was tempted in all points even as we are.” Then what could we wish for besides? He is with us to relieve every one of our afflictions with the united skill of God and of a fellowman who has experienced the same; so long as we do not willingly yield ourselves to the influences of sin, but are found like good soldiers enduring hardness for his sake.

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