The life that a Christian leads is one where God molds us daily through our experiences. We are made to become more and more like the resemblance of Jesus. God’s son Jesus came to the world to restore righteousness to humankind, and put us in a right relationship with our pure, holy, and just God.
While here on earth, Jesus experienced everything that we also experience. He experienced joy. He experienced laughter. He experience learning. He experienced relationships. He experienced love. He experienced hard work. He experienced hunger. He experienced trials. He experienced temptations. He experienced gossip. He experienced hostility. He experienced betrayal. He experienced pain, more pain than you or I will ever experience.
If we are to model Jesus, then we too should expect that we also will experience some of the same things that Jesus experienced while He was here. All those things that Jesus experienced was part of God’s grander plan. They all served a purpose. They all make Jesus the one who can identify with all of our human frailties. Those experiences make Jesus the perfect mediator for us.
So, when we face trials, temptations, and suffering, we need to remember that Jesus too faced the same things. God understands how we feel, and God will make all things right in His own timing. That to me is a comfort.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 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. 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 4:14-16, ESV)
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6, ESV)