We do not have a Savior who’s isolated in heaven with no idea what it feels like to have human struggles. No, our Lord left the glories of heaven behind and added humanity to His deity. He temporarily gave up the use of some of His attributes, applying them only as the Father directed Him.
Jesus understands precisely how we feel because He went through the same types of situations we do. Though details of our lives may not match His, the experiences and feelings are alike. Let's look at several examples of how He identifies with us:
- Misunderstanding: People constantly misunderstood His claims to be the Son of God.
- Rejection: He was unappreciated by the ones He came to love and die for.
- Pressure: Crowds surrounded Him, begging for help and demanding His attention.
- Exhaustion: He experienced all the weakness of humanity.
- Loneliness: At Gethsemane, when He needed human companionship the most, His closest friends fell asleep.
- Temptation: Satan hit Him with every imaginable type of attack and temptation.
- Hatred: Religious leaders despised Him.
- Injustice: Though Jesus lived a sinless life, He died a criminal’s death.
- Pain: He suffered the excruciating pain of scourging and crucifixion.
Whatever you’re going through right now, remember that Jesus knows how you feel and sympathizes with your pain and weakness. He may not remove the anguish or change your situation, but He’ll always give you the grace to resist temptation, endure suffering, and grow in spiritual maturity.
Taken from “Our Savior Understands” by In Touch Ministries (used by permission).