A devotional thought from Mike Cosper for “Created to Relate”
Many of us have gone through experiences where we felt misunderstood. Sometimes you simply feel like an outsider: when you’re the only Christian at your school or workplace, when you’re new to a community or neighborhood, or when some other social norm separates you from others. It’s easy to feel like no one understands us.
It can feel that way with God too. Because God is holy and transcendent, it can feel like there’s a universe of space between Him and us. How could He possibly understand what’s going on within us, with our emotions and temptations? The author of Hebrews speaks to just such a struggle:
“For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers…Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil—and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring. Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:11,14-17).
No matter what our circumstances may be, we can take comfort in the fact that Jesus understands us. He’s become like us “in every way” so that He could be our High Priest—One who perfectly enables a relationship between God and us.
Pause and Reflect
• Is it hard to imagine that Jesus identifies with and understands you? Why?
• Imagine Jesus living life in your place. What temptations would He face? How do you imagine Him responding?