Written by: Conny Varga
Life can be hard, sometimes even seemingly impossible. Things happen that are out of our control, and we are left feeling alone, hurting, and wondering if we can go on even one more minute. These struggles are real, and sooner or later we all face them.
But there is good news! We have a God who wasn’t content just to care for us. He chose to become one of us, to experience everything we could possibly ever experience in a lifetime, to feel and know and understand exactly how we feel!
Hebrews 4:14-16 states: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
This Easter season, as we remember the suffering and death of our Lord, may we also dwell on all our different struggles and hardships He can now identify with.
Have you been let down by a friend or loved one? Jesus knows how you feel. In the time of His greatest need, all His friends left Him, running off like scared rabbits.
Maybe you feel betrayed, cheated, back-stabbed – Jesus knows your pain. One of his closest companions betrayed Him behind His back, and then hypocritically came and used a kiss, a symbol of affection, to sell Him off to His enemies.
Do you feel stress and anxiety over an upcoming change or event? Jesus knows your anguish. Just shortly before His arrest, He was so anxious and distressed that His sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground.
Are people mocking you, sneering at you, and spreading bad rumors about you? Jesus knows that feeling, too. The religious leaders stirred up the mob, who just a few days ago hailed Jesus as King, with outright lies and rumours, and the Roman soldiers mocked and beat Him, spit in His face and laughed at Him.
Perhaps you are struggling with physical pain. Jesus understands. He went through excruciating, debilitating physical agony and pain. Isaiah calls Him a “man of suffering, familiar with pain.”
Maybe you are being accused of something that you are completely innocent of. Yes, Jesus can identify with that as well – being called a traitor and blasphemer while being tortured and killed, even though He was the very image of sinlessness and purity.
Maybe you have tragically lost a loved one who was very dear to you and you wonder why God would allow that. And yet again, He knows your deep pain. God tragically lost a Son, His only Son, due to the wickedness of mankind.
Maybe you have been tempted to sin and you failed, your sins and mistakes now weighing you down. You cannot see past your guilt. Good news – Jesus knows how that feels, too. In fact, He experienced the horrible and unbearable weight of the sins and guilt of every single human being who ever lived, and ever will live. He knows what it’s like to feel separated and distant from His Father. And He knows what it’s like to be tempted to sin.
Whenever you go through a struggle, and you feel that you are all alone, that no-one understands, and you are drowning, know this: Jesus knows how you feel! He cares deeply about you in all your struggles, and He is interceding on your behalf to the Father. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” He knows – and that makes all the difference!