Dear Friends in Jesus Christ…,
Does God really understand what I am going through? How can He, if He is God and I am a human being. I have my weaknesses, imperfections, sins and totally affected and influenced by the situations of my life and He is God. Do you think that God understands all of what you go through every day in your life? Did you pay attention to the second reading? In the letter to the Hebrews we heard today, “Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”
I think this passage is a great consolation for all those who ask the above questions. It reaches us that Jesus, our High Priest, knows everything for He was tested in every way like us, but sin. Jesus is very much aware of our human weaknesses and sinfulness. He lived a human life and went through all its pain and difficulties. But being sinless how did he really undergo all what we go through who are sinful. I don’t necessarily feel what others feel when they go through difficulties. But that does not mean that I don’t know anything about it. Some time ago I watched a program, “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. You know what this program is all about. This particular video was about a man who was not strong. This man and his wife are in the delivery room. His wife is about to have a baby and is going through labor. The man is holding her hand and could not survive any more of what his wife is going through and he faints! The nurses carried him out. The audience watching the video were happy and they laughed at him. This seems a little funny. But I want you to look at the other side of the story. I think the man went through the pain of his wife. Perhaps more than what she physically went through, he did it internally, just because of his love for her.
Jesus went through all the consequences of sin without sinning. The result of sin is suffering and death. Jesus went through all of this without sinning, but to save us and be one with us in all things. The Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest, is effected by our sufferings. When we suffer, He suffers right along with us. We also learn in this verse that the Lord is able to sympathize with us in our suffering because He himself knows what it means to suffer. He suffered many things in His life. He suffered from hatred, rejection, mockery, and abandonment. He suffered the loss of friends; he suffered from hunger, exhaustion, physical pain. He suffered even the rejection of God as all of His friends had forsaken Him. If there is something that you are suffering from, the Lord has suffered in a similar manner. The Lord was subjected to all kinds of trials that we are subjected to and He is able to sympathize with us, and to help us in our trials.
Jesus treated hurting people with compassion when He was here on earth. We read in the Gospels where Jesus really felt the pain of the people and was moved with compassion and comforted them. These are a few examples: When Jesus was visiting a village in Galilee, and a man with leprosy came to Him and begged on his knees to be healed, not only was Jesus filled with compassion, but He reached out His hand and touched the man – something unheard of because leprosy was a contagious, deadly disease (Mark 1:40-42). Another time Jesus was approaching a town and met a funeral procession at its entrance. The dead man’s mother was there, grieving. She was a widow and this was her only son – so her grief was doubled, When Jesus saw her, “His heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry” (Luke 7:11-13). And when Jesus visited his friends Mary and Martha after the death of their brother, Lazarus, He was “deeply moved in spirit and troubled” when he saw Mary and others weeping. If fact, Jesus himself wept (John 11:17-36). Yes, again, I want to confirm in our pains and trials we are not alone. He is with us. Let us have that confidence in our hearts. Let us ask Him to grant us the grace to live in His presence every day of our lives.
God Bless You,