Jesus Understands You

I love the way each Christmas Season we focus on and celebrate Jesus’ birth and gift of life and all it means to us. That the son of God came down from heaven, to live and dwell among us – fully God and fully man, to die for us, and to be raised back again, so that we could have forgiveness of sin and access to God, is a beautiful thing.

Jesus humbling himself by coming to earth as a man, made him able to relate to us, and almost all of us would probably agree, feeling someone can relate to us, that they understand us, is important.

For example, when my sweet little seventeen year old dog died, I was flooded with messages from people – most could relate at some level and offered words of encouragement from their own experiences and love for their pets. Many of them understood.

With our kids, the root of most of the arguments and talking back is a deep desire to be understood (doesn’t make it right, but it does make it understandable 🙂 ). For husbands and wives, most disagreements happen for the same reason – we all value feeling heard and understood.

Jesus, came. In love he came in the form of a baby. He grew, walked and talked just like us. He has been there, gone through that – He felt the pain of betrayal, of friends turning their backs on Him, of being misrepresented, of being judged, abused, mistreated, and misunderstood. He knows what it is to cry when a loved one is lost and to feel joy at life’s celebration moments.

Yes, this Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus to the world. We also celebrate that with that gift came the ability for us to know our God understands us.

When we go to him in prayer, when we need to talk, need comfort or when we are hurting, we can boldly lift those needs up in prayer, just as it says in Hebrews 4:15, 16 – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Whatever you are in need of today… Jesus understands! Take it boldly to him.

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