One of the things that I love most about Jesus is that he never ignored the pain of being one of his disciples.
Jesus on earth was a model of compassion
In Matthew 15:32, Jesus looked at a crowd of 400 people following him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
In Matthew 20:34, Jesus, in pity and compassion, touched the eyes of the blind and healed them.
In Mark 1:41, Mark tells us that because Jesus was “Moved with compassion,” he stretched out his hand and touched a leprous man and healed him.
In our study of John 16, we have been seeing that being a disciple of Jesus in this world is hard, but is a necessary part of God’s plan for communicating the Gospel and forming into the men and women God wants us to be.