Jesus Knows How You Feel (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 19)
Hebrews 2:18 (NLT)
Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of a human so we could reconcile our fears, frustrations, and feelings with Him. Jesus is merciful and faithful to us because He has been through what we’re going through. God ensured that Christ could side with our feelings so we would never have to go through life on our own.
Christ passionately suffered for us, not just in the form of temptation, but in the form of death. Since He has gone through the harshest of punishments for an infinite number of crimes and sins that He did not commit, He is uniquely qualified to help us when we’re being tested and tried, tired and tempted.
Christ compassionately pursues us in order to bring our souls in connection with His. He grieves when we grieve. Our fears become His fears. He bears our burdens and helps us get back up when we’ve fallen. All because He knows how to get through what we’re going through. He knows how to deal with troubled, tempted souls because He has Himself been tempted.
Jesus remembers His own trials in light of ours and He is not only able to help us, He is ready to help us. We will never be free of temptation in this life. Trials and temptations will aim to bring our souls to an increasingly low point. But Jesus knows how we feel. He’s been there. He stands ready to assist in our hardship because He is qualified to aid His people into the path of victory and grace.
“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is….We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.”
— C.S. Lewis