When we think of our Savior and read the Bible, it is absolutely correct to see Him as the God-Man, fully God in all His abilities, power, and sovereignty. Yet do we see Him as fully human, feeling emotion, knowing pain, and temptation as all of us have experienced? Perhaps when we think that Jesus did experience all these things ‘without failure’ it makes us believe that Jesus did not suffer the same types of trials, and pains mere mortal humans do so it’s difficult for us to grasp how Jesus could fully identify with us in our trials and pains, because after all, He is God. Yet, He did identify with us to greater depths we could not possibly imagine. How?
Jesus knew what it was like to suffer hunger. Luke 4:2 “…and in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” He spent 40 days without food. His body was weak and vulnerable. Satan had relentlessly tempted Him, but Jesus answered, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
Jesus showed deep compassion for those who came to Him. He saw them as ‘sheep without a Shepherd’. He associated with the poor, the dirty, the helpless, the possessed, lepers, the sick and diseased, and those caught up in the depth of sins. In all these cases Jesus reached out in compassion and healed them all. In Mark 1:40-41 we see the depth of His very human compassion: “Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” May God fully grant us this depth of compassion for others. So often we walk by those in need looking straight ahead hoping to avoid their eyes.
Jesus showed anger when He saw the hardness of men’s hearts. He expressed anger in the temple when He witnessed how the religious men of that day desecrated the house of God selling sacrifices for profit. Luke 19:45-47 “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.”
Jesus had feelings of frustration, Mark 8:12 “But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” He was desirous to teach them, but they were constantly looking for the newest and greatest miracle. Much like people today who are looking for the new and flashy, instead of what is deep and lasting.
He was often moved by the pain and suffering of others. Notice how He hurt with emotion at the death of Lazarus His friend. John 11:17-44, in verse 35, “Jesus wept.” Even though He knew He was about to bring Lazarus back to life, He was still heartbroken over their loss. He also hurts for you in your loss as well. That’s way He wants us to come to Him in times of grief and pain because He alone is able to provide comfort during those times.
One can say Jesus also knew fear or dread. Now the Bible says perfect love casts out fear, that is true, but it doesn’t say fear will never come. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus is racked by many emotions: sorrow, distress, agony, and yes fear. As soon as He falls on His face, He asked the Father, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me”. He knew the pain, and humiliation He that was about to come upon Him. He would be mocked, beaten, scourged with a whip, and then crucified. And for Him probably the worst of all, the Father was to lay the sins of man upon Him as Jesus paid the debt for all. Matthew 26:32-56 At that moment He would know loneliness like no other.
He knew the gambit of many emotions that night, hurt when His disciples could not pray with Him, disappointment when they fled at the first sign of trouble, betrayal when no one stood by His side.
Yes, Jesus was indeed fully human, touched by every trial and emotion as we. None of us can say to Him, “Lord You don’t know what I’m going through”. When in reality, we don’t know the extent of what He endured.
So, when we pray, keep in mind that Jesus is someone who KNOWS what it is like to face pain, loss, temptation, and disappointments. That’s why He says: “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” When life comes at you hard, take it to Jesus. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Be encouraged child of God. Jesus is not far away, His ear is not deaf to your prayers, nor has His eyes grown dim to see where you are. Look past the present trial to what ultimately awaits you in eternity. God is great, His mercies are everlasting, and His love for you and me will never cease, and He has a great purpose of you!
Be Encouraged, Jesus loves you!