We’ve all said it, or at least thought it: “Jesus couldn’t possibly understand what I’m going through right now.”
Often, this thought is brought on by physical suffering, feelings of being alone, or thinking you are the only one who has had to wrestle with a particular temptation, trial, or conflict.
When the Son of God came to earth two thousand years ago, He was fully God, but He was also fully human. With this reality came all the experiences of what it means to be human—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The truth is, if there’s anybody who can understand what you’re going through, it’s Jesus. There are many examples, but let’s take a look at two of them:
Jesus Knew What It Was Like to Be Betrayed
Unfortunately, Jesus was well acquainted with the pain of betrayal. Not only was He betrayed by religious leaders who were jealous of the crowds that were following Him, but He was also betrayed by those very close to Him. For example, His own family! One of His closest friends, Peter, also betrayed Jesus by denying that he even knew Him. Ultimately one of the Twelve sold Him out for thirty pieces of silver.
Jesus Knew What It Was Like to Suffer from Grief
Jesus knew what it was like to experience heartache, sadness, and sorrow. A couple of instances in the Gospels show Jesus weeping, first over the condition of Jerusalem: “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41), and second, due to His grief at the death of a beloved friend: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
Question for Reflection:
How did the examples of how Jesus can identify with your life experiences change or reinforce your view of Him?
Plain and simple, Jesus knows what it’s like to live as a human. He got hungry. He got thirsty. He slept. He had to learn things. He grew. He loved. He was glad. He was angry. He was troubled at times. He prayed. He exercised faith. He read the Scriptures. He hurt when He saw another person’s illness. He cried when He saw death. As the old hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus says, “Jesus knows our every weakness.”