In Our Shoes

Jesus was fully God. And he was also fully human. This supernatural combination of 100% and 100% at the same time is only one of the limitless wonders of our Lord and Savior. Have you ever taken the time to really dwell on that? Jesus was completely God…but he was also completely human.

That means, he could (and can) relate to us on a level that no other “god” even could. He felt pain. He felt temptation. He felt the effects of sin on this world. This is not something to just breeze over. This is a game changer.

A life changer.

Everything is different because of that one, simple fact.

Let this sink in and permeate your heart. Your Maker, your Redeemer, your GOD, has felt all of those confusing and difficult emotions and aspects of the human life.

There are so many Scriptures on the beautiful, sacrificial choice of humanity that Christ made, but one that has always resonated within me is Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

I went through a period of my life where I was dealing with a lot of sin that I had allowed to seep into my life. This was several years ago, but I still distinctly remember myself, having been beaten down by my choices and thrown back and forth by my lack of resolve, sitting in my room one night. I was idly chatting with the Lord, flipping though the pages of my Bible, wondering what the purpose of even dedicating my time to Him was if all I did was continue to fall short in my perpetual sin. As I stared at my Bible, reading but not registering the words, I was suddenly struck by the reality of the humanity of Christ. He was human, and did not sin.

This is something that we as believers know from reading the Word, but the implications of this are enormous. As I was sitting in my bedroom pondering this, it felt as if I was seeing my Jesus for the very first time. His humanity meant that he had felt the emotions and struggle that I was dealing with. Though he never felt the pang of guilt for a wrongdoing, he absolutely felt the searing heat of temptation, the cold fingers of loneliness, and the stinging pain of betrayal. He knew the pull of what I was falling to. Your God knows exactly what you are dealing with right now.

Feeling tempted? There is a way out. Jesus endured FORTY days of continual temptation and endured (Matthew 4:1-11).

Feeling lonely? He was alone in his anguish in the garden on the eve of his torturous death (Luke 22:39-46).

Jesus had many emotions recorded all throughout the Gospels. Amazement (Matthew 8:10), extreme sorrow (Matthew 26:38; John 11:33-35), and joy (Luke 10:21) are just a few of the many layers of feelings that he experienced. He knew physical and psychological pain, loss, hardship, grief, and all the other things we have to deal with in this earthly life.

The fact that Jesus knows exactly what we are going through from experience wholly enriches our relationship with him. As we attempt to go throughout life in the way he has called us to, we can remember that whatever we are dealing with, Jesus is right there with us. Having someone walking alongside you who has experienced what you are dealing with is comforting, isn’t it? Our Redeemer, Jesus, our God, came down to earth not only to die for us, but also to experience life with us. He can relate to what you are going through. He understands on a personal level. And he tells you that yes, you can endure it, because he did, and he will show you how. Isn’t that incredible?

As a wise man memorably stated, “Christ has put on our feelings along with our flesh.” He didn’t have to do that. He could have come down, died, and risen in the span of a few days. He didn’t. He chose to live thirty years on this earth simply because he loves you.

How beautiful.

Love you all,

-Liz