He Understands!

Hebrews 4:15 – “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin…”

Does Jesus really understand the struggles and problems I am going through? There are many instances recorded in the Bible about the human emotions, pain and feelings Jesus had. Given that we are approaching Good Friday, I would like to focus on the emotions and pain Jesus felt as He was arrested and ultimately hung on the cross to die. This has often helped me “remember Him” as I partake of the Holy Communion.

Are you in pain or suffering physically? Jesus went through extreme pain and suffering on the cross. He understands the physical pain and suffering we go through because of sicknesses and accidents.

Are you going through rejection? Jesus went through the same when all His disciples left Him and fled when He was seized (Matthew 26:56). Jesus went through even worse rejection when He cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”  (Matthew 27:46).

Are you embarrassed or shamed because of your circumstances? Jesus was cruelly mocked and likely naked when He hung on the cross. John 19:23 recorded that the soldiers took his garment when they crucified Him.

Are you feeling betrayed? Jesus was betrayed by one of His closest disciples and friend, Peter. Peter denied knowing Jesus three times.

Have you been wrongly accused? Jesus was brought before the High Priest, the Sanhedrin, and even Pilate with false accusations but He chose to remain silent.

Are you lonely? Jesus suffered on the cross alone. He saw His mother, His mother’s sister and Mary Magdalene nearby, but He could not find physical solace and comfort in them because He was separated from them.

What Jesus went through during those few days is much more than what many of us will go through in a lifetime. He understands! That is why it continues in Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Deacon Michael Teo