Whenever disaster happens in your friends' lives, it is natural to try to comfort them in any way you can. But how many times do you feel as if you've said the wrong thing? Sometimes expressions of consolation create even more pain. For example, the well-intended words "I understand" feel empty if the speaker has never actually experienced the situation.
Yet we all long to feel understood. And it helps to know individuals who have endured circumstances similar to ours. Today's passage reassures us that Jesus truly understands because He experienced struggles like ours.
The writer of Hebrews refers to Jesus as our High Priest. Each year the man who was chose to serve in capacity would enter the Holy of Holies and there, in God's presence, offer a sacrifice for sin (Lev. 16). The priest was the Jewish people's bridge to God. Christ no only took on this role, but He Himself also became the sacrifice when He died on the cross. By doing so and dying in our place, Jesus endured every possible sin. Now He sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven and intercedes on our behalf.
That in itself is encouraging. But even more than that, we know Jesus truly understands our pain and our weakness. For example, a single parent who has suffered greatly can be assured that Christ also knew betrayal (when Judas turned against Him), loneliness (when Peter denied knowing Him), and depression (when facing separation from His heavenly Father).
If you feel alone in the hardships you're facing, recall Jesus' trials, hurts, and temptations. You'll find comfort in His understanding.
- Devotional was found in the IN TOUCH MINISTRIES October daily devotional booklet.