Driving along on our way to therapy, my oldest one took out his Action Bible (a super cool kid’s Bible with comic book-like illustrations) and browsed around a bit, asking a plethora of questions (he was reading about the trial and crucifixion of Christ).
One of his questions really made me think…
“Why didn’t Jesus just call on His God powers and make himself not be able to feel things?”
What an important question… with an answer that ought to give us such comfort and relief.
You see, Jesus was 100% God, yet he allowed himself to be confined to a body that was 100% man.
Because of that, He’s not a stranger to what we go through. He’s “been there, done that.” And He understands.
He was homeless, and I’m sure He was homesick.
He felt the sting of death as he lost a loved one, and wept.
He needed a break from the crowd and sought refuge.
He was cheered for and sneered at.
Mocked, praised, loved and hated.
He was tempted to take matters into his own hands and provide for himself apart from God (yet he didn’t).
At one point He dreaded the future so much that blood came out through his pores.
He gave up his desires.
And trusted his future to his Father.
He was betrayed by a close friend, rejected by another, and verbally attacked by people he did and didn’t know.
He experienced severe pain and physical suffering.
His mother questioned his actions and his Father turned his back on him.
He was separated from God, in broken relationship with Him (for three days).
To top it all off…
He’s been to hell and back!
He could have turned off his human side and lived only by his God side, but He didn’t.
He’s been there and understands. He knows first hand how much it hurts.
I pray you find comfort in that today, sweet friends. I know I do!
For we do not have a high priest [Jesus] who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Hebrews 4:15
Something to think about…