Jesus Empathized with Us
"We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all -- all but the sin." -Hebrews 4:15 Do you ever have days where you feel like no one else understands? I'm sure we've all had those days -- we feel like the only one who has a less than ideal job, the only one with family issues, the only one struggling with sickness, the only who is as stressed out as much as we are, or the only one who is single or who doesn't have what we want out of life. But you know what? Our God and king has experienced all the things we go through -- and even more. Another translation of this verse says, "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin." (NLT version) We may not fully understand how God as man was able to go through the things we experienced, but we know since He lived on earth, He experienced life on life's terms. The night before His arrest, Jesus prayed, "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine." (Luke 22:42) I can only imagine what He must have been going through at that time. Due to Jesus' overcoming death, He gives new life to us. Could it be that within our struggles, He is working His overcoming life in us? As we overcome difficulty, we can help others overcome as well. We are never alone in anything we go through -- Jesus is right there with us, every step of the way, even if it may not feel like it. Do you believe that God is with you every step of the way, and understands how you feel? "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." Hebrews 4:16 God wants us to know that He is with us -- and He can help us overcome any obstacle we may face, as we go boldly before His throne of grace.