Hey there! How are you? I hope you’re living courageously — man, I’ve been needing that for myself off late; courage. Anyway, let’s read!
I wanted to write about sadness and I couldn’t get it done. Also, tried to write about how we don’t answer truthfully (almost always) when someone asks the question, “How are you?” — nothing came up. My desire was to reach out and let someone know there’s a place to run to when it gets bad — where you will be understood.
People are seeking to be understood. Anyone who is caught up in dysfunction yearns to be seen. It is freedom that we are after as a collective. People desire to be free, seen and understood. The problem is that it seems as though we can never find this in one place. Yet, we can.
I used to struggle with the truth that Jesus understands what I’m going through. My argument was that, He didn’t engage in the things that ensnares us — so how could He? My perception of Jesus was that He only had an idea of what sin is all about, but never experienced it first hand. I also thought that He never went through barrenness, divorce, addiction or whatever pain we can think of. This image of Jesus was painted from very little knowledge of Him.
This is why he had to be a man and take hold of our humanity in every way. He made us his brothers and sisters and became our merciful and faithful King-Priest before God; as the One who removed our sins to make us one with him. He suffered and endured every test and temptation, so that he can help us every time we pass through the ordeals of life.Hebrews 2:17-18 TPT
The Bible says He had to “take hold of our humanity in every way”. That’s a huge statement. This implies that He went through every trouble and sin known to the world. Meaning there’s no pain He can’t relate to (mind blowing) and no sin He hasn’t felt the weight of! Are there events we can refer to that can give us a better idea of how He experienced humanity in every way? Absolutely.
The big one is being misunderstood (even now), the people He came to save never understood Him. It wasn’t easy to convince people that He is the son of God. When He performed miracles they said He was the father of demons. Do you feel like no one gets what you’re about? He knows what it’s like.
Another favorite example of mine is the family drama He must have gone through, not being Joseph’s biological son. Also, when He was being drawn to His calling and remained at the temple — then the parents had to come back to get Him! I can only imagine the frustration on His end and perhaps the admonishment from the parents. Those are always hectic. When it feels like your parents don’t believe in you, anyone who has rowed this boat? I’ve been there.
Pain at it’s worst feels like death. For some it feels like drowning. In other instances it feels like you’re breaking from the inside. It leaves recognisable tracks in the soul. Jesus went through death — the most agonising kind if I may say. May I submit to you that there’s no level of pain He can’t relate to. Why? Because He rose from the dead and Has a memory of what it feels like to die! It’s not like He died and forgot all about it. He still has scars to show for it, like I said — pain leaves tracks.
Now, I need you to know that when the question comes up. Does Jesus understand? The answer is, yes. He gets you — in every sense of the phrase. If it’s anxiety, He knows it all about it. I believe that it was difficult for Him to anticipate His crucifixion. Nothing messes your mind up like knowing when you’re going to die, where and how it’s all going to happen! Also, friend who abandon you when they promise to be there “through thick and thin”? Fam, He knows.
Jesus understands, but He doesn’t want to leave us in our “situation” (whether sin or suffering). He always wants better for you and I. In His understanding of what you’re going through, He wants to help you out of it. He wants you to conquer life’s ordeals more than anything. Scripture says, “He suffered and endured every test and temptation, so that he can help us every time we pass through the ordeals of life.” Are you hurting (physically, mentally or in your soul), are you covered in shame because of something you have done? I don’t know what you are passing through, but He wants to go through it with you. He will start there and will do more if you let Him.
My friend posted something beautiful and I quoted it below.
God isn’t something to understand,but someone to experience.Michelle Maia Nyika
That’s Jesus too! I can only tell you so much about Him. You need to experience Him on your own. How? Just remember that He relates to you more than anyone else ever could — even when they do their best. Talk to Him. Believe in Him. Let Him be your saving grace because He understands.
Featured image by Alexandra Fuller.