“He faced all of the same testings we do.” Heb 4:15 NLT Are you disappointed in people? Jesus understands, because in the final analysis those He loved and counted on let Him down. Judas, His treasurer, sold Him out, then sealed the deal with a kiss. Even in His darkest hour, Gethsemane, His closest disciples, Peter, James and John, couldn’t stay awake and pray with Him for an hour (See Mt 26:40). Are you tired of all the demands? Jesus understands. “A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and He healed them all” (See Mt 4:23-24). You say, “But if Jesus was God how could He get tired?” Because He was both God and man. He had to be God in order to save us, and man in order to die for us. “Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime” (Jn 4:6 NLT). Have you been falsely accused? Jesus understands. They accused Him of being “a lush, a friend of the riff-raff” (Mt. 11:19 TM). Up until the time of His death they were still trying “to find something false…so they could kill him” (Mt. 26:59 NCV). And Jesus said, “The servant is not greater than his lord” (Jn 15:20). When you decide to follow Jesus you’re signing up for a life of advancement—and adversity! So why did Jesus go through these things? “Since he himself has gone through suffering…he is able to help us” (Heb 2:18 NLT). He walked the path you’re on today so that you could go to Him knowing He understands, and that He is able to help.
Published on Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 6:23 AM CDT