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He gets it

How many times have you been going through something difficult, praying that it would get easier or even end? Does it comfort you to know that Jesus experienced those same feelings?

When we read about Jesus performing miracle after miracle in the Bible, we sometimes forget He came to earth fully God and fully human. Jesus has all the power of God the Father, but He understands what we experience physically and emotionally because He’s been there. His stomach growled, His eyelids grew heavy, and His feet ached at the end of a long day.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was so stressed He started to sweat blood. Being fully God, Jesus knows He is about to be arrested and crucified. But being fully human, Jesus also feels the anxiety of knowing He’s walking into a gruesome death. Three times, Jesus asks God, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). 

When we think we’ve reached the limits of what we can handle, it’s easy to dismiss God’s Word and assume He couldn’t possibly understand our situation. But Jesus has experienced the highs and lows of being human. He is not an aloof, distant authority. We have a sympathetic Savior who has shown us how to face heartache and pain full of honesty, faith, and trust. It starts with a simple prayer, “Father, take this away if you can. But at the end of the day, you know better. Let your will be done.”

Reflect:

  • Are you willing to set aside your desire in order to pursue God’s plan?
  • Do you trust Him with your life to know that He will work it out for your good and His glory?

 

The Garden of Gethsemane. 

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