He came into the world to suffer. Hunger, thirst, fatigue, temptation, poverty, the agonies of death at its worst.
Slandered by His enemies, rejected by those He came to bless, and mocked even as He was paying the ultimate price for their redemption and ours: His blood.
“. . . He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest . . . . For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).
“Once He came,” wrote Fulton Sheen, “then never again could they say, ‘He does not know what it is like to suffer’” (Life is Worth Living, 209).
For the Christian, here’s one of the most comforting promises in Scripture: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Shouldn’t that be sufficient to lift our spirits on a dark day?
He suffered. He understands. He cares!
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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