The Pain of God

The Pain of God

The heart of the gospel was revealed to me as ‘the pain of God.’ I am filled with gratitude because I was allowed to experience the depth of God’s heart with Jeremiah. We dare to speak about this ‘pain of God,’ for, to use Calvin’s words, ‘God does not express his great love for us in any other way!’ We dare to see with Jeremiah God’s grace in His ‘pain.’ Are not the eyes which saw God’s pain frozen? “His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and His form beyond that of the sons of men’ (Isa 52:14). We cannot behold this pain without risking our life. We must pronounce the words ’pain of God’ as if we are allowed to speak them only once in our lifetime. Those who have beheld the pain of God cease to be loquacious, and open their mouths only by the passion to bear witness to it. Those who have seen the pain of God can live without dying, because ‘pain’ is at once ‘love.’ By this ‘love,’ man’s pain is purified and becomes like God’s ‘pain.’ ‘Love rooted in the pain of God’ cannot be observed objectively outside of our human experience. There is no way to see it other than experiencing it in our own life.

Kazoh Kitamori