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Overwhelming Sorrow, Unimaginable Joy

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Date: April 7, 2019

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Scripture: Matthew 27:36–27:46

What does Jesus teach us about sorrow?


  • no one is beyond intense suffering 

Isaiah 53:3-4

He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

  • we should lament intense suffering 
  • the greatest pain is the absence of God

“The dreadful sorrow and anxiety, then, out of which the prayer for the passing of the cup springs, is not an expression of fear before a dark destiny, nor a shrinking from the prospect of physical suffering and death. It is rather the horror of the one who lives wholly for the Father at the prospect of alienation from God which is entailed in the judgment upon sin which Jesus assumes. Jesus came to be with the Father for an interlude before his betrayal, but found hell rather than heaven opened before him, and he staggered.” William Lane



What does Jesus teach us about love?

  • you are unimaginably and eternally loved by Jesus
  • you are empowered to love others