A SYMPATHETIC SAVIOUR
"Because [Jesus] himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted." Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)
Although the Bible clearly tells us that Jesus was tempted (as we are) and suffered (as we do) we still tend to overlook His humanity. Somehow we think He was above all the nitty gritty of daily life. However, Jesus came as a helpless baby, needing someone to supply His every need. He grew up in the home of a carpenter, so He probably endured His share of childhood cuts, bumps and bruises along with daily dust and dirt. He experienced the ridicule and hate of the Jewish leaders and finally the pain and suffering on the cross. Although Jesus experienced life in a different time and culture, the risen Christ understands and identifies with our daily dilemmas.
Whenever we feel alone and wonder who will understand, or how we can continue, we can remember that Jesus has already been there. He hears our cries and stands ready to walk with us through whatever difficulties we face. He holds us up in our lowest moments. He offers hope when life seems hopeless and celebrates with us when our hardships cease.
O God, thank you for your never-failing presence in every circumstance. Amen