The truth of God’s plan of redemption through the ages has been proclaimed, preserved and established by enlightened spiritual men in sorrow and tears. The prophets of the old testament almost without exception could not hide the heaviness they felt for their fellow man. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, warned of the impending disaster most of his life to no avail. Moses delivered his people in spite of much hardship and suffering at the hands of the Egyptians and his own. He even offered to have his name removed from the book of life to save his people. Paul suffered much in prison and beatings and wept for the lost. Daniel, worried about the sins of his people, fasted and prayed and was given the keys to future events. Stephen was martyred for professing the truth. John wept because no one was found worthy to open the book. There are many men of God who have suffered for the faith and changed the course of history in more modern times like John Bunyan, Martin Luther, Tyndale, Wycliffe and many others. And, of course, there is Jesus Himself, who wept tears of blood and gave His life to provide a way of redemption for all of mankind and is called the man of sorrows.

Where are we, individually, in all this? Do we share a burden for our fellow man that is lost, or is the bulk of our time spent making more money in order to live a more opulent life style? We say we are Christians but but beyond words what have we done? Have we agonized in prayer or just mentioned it in passing because it’s the correct thing to do? Shame on Us for our shallow and nominal commitment to the cause of Christ! The whole Christian community world wide is in desperate need of repentance and tears.

A ransom for all my Saviour once came;
He bore all my sins and my sorrow and shame;
He carried them all to Calvary’s tree,
He died there instead of a sinner like me…(A Ransom for All)