Season 1, Episode 10
For Thursday, April 2, 2015
“A Biblical Example”
HOST: Andrew Crowe
On this episode, Andrew looks to an unlikely Biblical example for examining the topic of depression.
Outline of this episode:
Today, we will be looking at a Biblical being who may have suffered from depression.
There are a few reasons why we will do this every so often.
o It reminds at that this is a Biblical topic.
o Romans 15:4 tells us that we can learn from the Biblical examples.
o There are great lessons for members of the church to learn.
The question is…who?
o One may look to the title and ask, “What about Elijah?”
o While his time is coming, we want to look to the example of Jesus Christ.
o Evidence points to the fact that He may have suffered.
o If He did, there is a valuable lesson we can learn.
When? Take a visit to the garden (Matt. 26:36-38).
o “began” gives the idea of something commencing (in order of time).
o “to be sorrowful” means “to be grieved.”
o “very heavy” mean “be in anxiety, be distressed, troubled.”
§ Two other instances in the New Testament: Mark 14:33-34; Phil. 2:25-26.
§ One of three words used to describe depression (this one is the strongest).
o “Exceeding sorrowful” – gives the idea of being surrounded by one’s sorrows.
o “even unto death” may mean “enough to cause death.”
What was the mental state of the Christ just before He was arrested and died a painful death?
o It seems that He was suffering from depression.
What does that mean to Christians?
o Heb. 4:15-16
o When Christ came to the earth, He got the whole human experience.
§ He can sympathize with our problems because His trials were similar to ours.
§ He knows how it feels to be tempted with sin (though He never committed it).
§ He knows what it is like to feel depressing gnawing at your very being.
o Since He knows what it is like, the Hebrews writer says that we can come boldly come before Him in times we face it.
§ Why? He offers us grace, mercy, and help in those times.
§ Not only did He experience it, but since He experienced it, He can offer help in our time of need.
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