As I was perusing some old hymns to revive at Foundation Church, I stumbled across a title that caught my eye, "Christ Leads Me Through No Darker Rooms." As I began to read the lyrics written by Richard Baxter sometime in the 16th century, I was encouraged by the truth proclaimed in the hymn. Christ willingly became a man. He grieved (John 11:35), he was betrayed (John 18:2),and he suffered greatly (Isaiah 53:3-12).
It is a great help to have a friend who understands what you are going through; it instills a comradery that encourages us through the dark times. How much more can we be encouraged to know that we have a Savior who willingly took on flesh, suffered, and died for our redemption? We do not have just forgiveness for the sins we commit, but we have peace through the sins committed against us, by both man and nature. Christ modeled for us how to respond when those you love turn their backs, when a child is taken too soon, when the religious are far from God, when the political system is unjust and broken, and when everything around has gone dark. He walked through the darkness in union with God and the Spirit.
As I was pulling lyrics from the hymn by Richard Baxter, I started filling holes in the song from other hymns, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" and "Give to the Winds Thy Fears". The end result is a song that I hope to be an encouragement to those walking through the valley.
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief... (Isaiah 53:3a)