As Easter rolls around again, I find myself thinking more deeply on just what Christ did for us. He gave up his home in heaven to come down to earth. That in itself is a huge act of love. Once he was here on this earth he was not given the life he truly deserved. He was born in a lowly manger, he was laughed at, he was beaten, he was rejected by his own people, he was betrayed, and he was killed. His life was not fair, he did not get what he truly deserved. The humility and love it took to not stand up and say “I am a King, I do not deserve to be treated this way,” is mind blowing. I am sure he did not want all the unfair things that happened to him, to happen. He easily could have changed it. He had the power to send 10,000 angels to get him off of the cross, but he didn’t. In reality he didn’t even want to go to the cross: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42. He knew how awful it was going to be, and he honestly did not want to go through it. Where would we be if he hadn’t obeyed his Father? If he hadn’t had the great love for us to come down to this sin filled world and die for us?
For me it can be easy to sort of overlook just what Christ did for us. When I am going through something hard, to think but he was JESUS! He was supernatural. I can’t handle things they way Jesus did. In some ways to think it was easy for him, I mean he was JESUS! He is so far above me that I can’t even begin to put him on the same level. Which is totally true, he is so far above us, but he came down to this earth fully human. He had feelings, he had trials, he felt pain, he was tempted. He was exactly like you and I, with one exception. He was perfect, he never sinned. He came down to this earth not only to give us salvation, but to feel what we feel. To be like us so he can understand what we are going through and intercede with God on our behalf today.
This life is full of hurt. It is full of “why’s” and “when will this ever end”. It is a fallen world and there will always be struggles and trials. When we are feeling down, when we feel there is no end in sight, when we feel we can’t go on, when we feel this life is unfair, we can know Jesus understands. We may not feel like he does. We may feel abandoned, alone, forgotten, but those are just feelings.
Luke 22:42-44, I think is a beautiful illustration of how Jesus felt agony just as we do at times. How he didn’t want to go through what he was going to go through. “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
So my friend, take heart, when you are feeling like this life isn’t fair, when you are feeling alone, when you feel like no one cares, know that Jesus does. He understands what you are going through. I have heard the argument before that Jesus was never married, so he doesn’t understand problems in marriage, etc.. But in 1 Peter 2:24 it says that he bore our sins. He felt the pain of the whole world while he was on that cross. Not just a few people, not just the sins of man before he came, but the sins of everyone who has ever lived and will ever live. There was so much pain that he asked God why he had forsaken him.
Do we ever feel like God has forsaken us? Jesus understands. He was in our shoes. God hasn’t forsaken us. It may feel like it at times, but he knows what is best for us. Jesus went through a terrible, terrible thing, but it resulted in our salvation today. Whatever we face in this life, there is a reason. We may never see that reason until we get to heaven, but God gives us just what we need. He will send angels to strengthen us. We can know that Jesus understands and knows exactly what we are going through. The next time you feel alone and unloved, please know that you are not. Jesus is there for you, and he loves you. He loves you so much that he was willing to die for you.
John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
My friend, I pray that this Easter season would be in your heart all year round. That you will know the unending love Jesus has for you, and that you may always know that you are never alone.