What Jesus Says About Depression

– So if you’re a good follower of Jesus, you’ll never be depressed again, right? [funky music] Hey everybody, my name is Chris and welcome to What Jesus Says About where Jesus speaks for himself so you can respond for yourself. Don’t forget to hit like and subscribe in that little bell
below so you get notified of new videos whenever they drop and new videos drop every Thursday. Now today on What Jesus Says
About we’re gonna be talking about what Jesus says about depression and if you are somebody who
is struggling with depression, I’m sorry. It’s not your fault, it’s not
fair and it’s not your choice and if you feel like
depression has a hold on you, please reach out to a friend,
reach out to professional. There’s people who want to help. And if you’ve ever
struggled with depression, maybe you’ve heard some
pretty well meaning and well intended Christians telling you if you just prayed hard enough, if you just follow Jesus good enough, you wouldn’t be depressed
anymore, but that’s just not true. Let me explain why. If I told you that I
was feeling overwhelmed to the point that I wasn’t eating well and I felt fatigued all the time or if I told you I was grieving because I felt rejected by
the people I love the most or if I told you that
I was suffering so much and I was feeling so much sorrow that I was withdrawing to
be by myself all the time, you know what words you
would use to describe Chris? Depressed. But here’s the kicker: The words that I just
used to describe myself are the words that the
biographers of Jesus used to describe Jesus. And if the What Jesus Says
About channel is about anything, it’s about letting you
encounter the real Jesus who experienced real
emotions just like you. Jesus knows what you’re feeling. In fact there’s this one day that Jesus learned his
close friend was in prison and it’s the same day that he was rejected by an entire city of people and he was being publicly
criticized by high profile people. It was a bad day. And it’s in that moment that Jesus turned to the
crowd and he tells them, “Come to me, all of you
who are weary and burdened, come to me and I will give you rest.” And then he says, “take my yoke
upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light. Now the idea and the image of a yoke is kind of a vague concept to us and we could talk about that, but I’d like to zoom in on what Jesus just said about depression. Granted he didn’t say the word depression, but he sure described the
weariness and the burden that accompanies depression. And if you notice, he never promises that you’ll never be depressed again. In fact he actually promises you a burden. It’s just lighter than the
one that you’ve been carrying. Most importantly, he said
that I will give you rest as in him, the person. Not following one of his
teachings, not even an idea of him. He himself, the individual, claims that he can give you rest. And this is more than just a transaction where you bring him your
problems and he fixes it and takes them all away. He’s claiming that he comes to you so that you can do the same. You, all of your joy, all of your pain, the good stuff and the
bad stuff, all of you. So what does Jesus say about depression? He says… you are not alone.

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  • What Jesus Says About says:

    When you're depressed, how does (or doesn't) the idea that "you are not alone" help? LMK your thoughts!

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