Jesus Understands You
See how Jesus understands you.
Jesus understands you. Jesus is human. He had a mom and a dad, just like everyone else who’s ever lived. He lived and died just like all of us will. He ate, and slept. He cried, and bled just like us. He probably even smelled bad sometimes.
Author and Pastor AW Tozer writes, “God is a Person, and in the deep of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires and suffers as any other person may.”
The Bible says we don’t feel anything that Jesus doesn’t understand. “He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin.” Hebrews 4:16 The Message Version
Jesus was a refugee. When he was still just a child, he had to flee his home with his family in the middle of the night for fear of being killed by an unjust government. He lived as an immigrant in Egypt for years. He knows what it feels like to be displaced, to be far from home, to be an outsider.
When Jesus’ close friend, Lazarus, died, the Bible tells us that he wept. He knew that in just a few moments, he would bring this friend back to life. He was about to do something amazing and totally unbelievable. A miracle. Still he wept and felt grief just like we do.
Jesus even felt tired. The creator of the universe was known to take naps. In the Bible, we see that Jesus often took time away from the crowds that followed him. In one story, he even falls asleep while a raging storm tosses the small boat he and his friends are in. Don’t worry, his disciples wake him and he instantly calms the wind and the waves for them so that they too may rest.
He understands the feeling of abandonment because he was abandoned. He was betrayed by a close friend and because of that, was arrested and wrongfully imprisoned. His friends ran away and pretended they didn’t know him. He stood alone at his trial. He was alone when he died.
Jesus was abused. The Gospel of John 19:1-3 says, “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they slapped him in the face.”
While Jesus was hanging on the cross, he asked his best friend John to look after his mom. In the midst of his suffering, he was concerned for the welfare of his family.
There’s no pain or trial we can go through that Jesus doesn’t understand. He was poor. He was misunderstood. He suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He doesn’t always take away our pain, but he does understand it. He understands you.
To read more, try this article on Tim Keller's Blog.