“You wouldn’t understand.”
Have you ever been told this? I have. A lot.
To be very honest, often times the person saying it is absolutely right. I don’t fully understand. I don’t know what it’s like to be anyone else but me and I don’t know what it is like to face anything else, but what I have faced. I have never walked in another person’s shoes.
Neither have you.
In times when we are in the most pain or under the most pressure or feel at our weakest, what we want is someone not just to be there for us, but someone who can relate with us.
The author of the Bible’s New Testament book of Hebrews writes in the fourth chapter that Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, and was in every respect tempted as we are. The author goes in to say, “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.” Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV.
What the writer is letting us know here is that Jesus isn’t just there for us. That’s great and comforting, but most people who are there for us just don’t fully understand what we are going through.
But Jesus Does!
He sympathizes. He gets it.
When others may judge us for what we are walking through or how we are walking through it, Jesus sympathizes with us instead.
When others may abandon us after our thousandth bad decision, Jesus never leaves us.
When we are weak and we need someone to lift us up, Jesus is right there to carry us forward.
That, by itself is amazing! But, it doesn’t end there.
“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.”
Because He understands, it gives us confidence to come to God when we are in a time of need.
We don’t have to worry about God turning His back on us. We don’t have to cower away from God in fear of rejection or judgement.
We can come with confidence. We can come boldly.
We can…because even though they may not understand, JESUS DOES!