You have probably heard some variation of the saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” The point is your ignorance relieves you of the responsibility to writhe in worry. If you don’t know about it, then you don’t worry about it.
As Christ hung on the cross bruised, beaten, and bloodied, he experienced the greatest pain. A pain we don’t know fully. It was a pain greater than the pain of the cat of nine tails furrowing his back with each shredding snap. It was a pain worse than the thorns, inches long, piercing into his brow and his beard ripped from his face. It was a pain more horrid than the feeling of rejection by those he called friends. As the sky turned black, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46)?
We cannot fully comprehend the depth of His sorrow. It is a pain we only feel vicariously through Christ’s suffering. Because Christ is my Savior, He endured the anguish of estrangement I will never completely experience. However, the world mocks such terror. What they don’t know can hurt them. If you do not know Christ as your Savior, then truly what you don’t know can hurt you. Your ignorance of the “flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God” may relieve you of the responsibility to writhe in worry now, but the reality later will melt your heart like wax (2 Thessalonians 1:8; Psalm 22:14). You can’t imagine a different ending to your story. What you don’t know—what you refuse to acknowledge now—will become your terror!
The good news is Who you know can help you!
Jesus endured the cross on your behalf. With His sacrifice, He paved the path to the throne of grace that you “may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Now through the blood of Christ, you are not estranged from the presence of God. When the voice of our Savior echoed through the darkness and he sighed His last breath beneath the crushing weight of our sin, “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom” (Matthew 27:51)! You have been granted “all access” to God. Who you know saved you from what you never have to know fully because you can “call upon the name of the Lord” and be saved from your sin! “Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25).
Because of Christ, scripture can say, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw night to you.” All you must do is invite the precious blood of Jesus to “cleanse your hands…and purify your heart” (James 4:8). Who you know can save you from what you don’t know…yet.