The idea of compassion still doesn’t leave my mind for the third day in a row now. You can read the previous post here: [compassion].
Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.
Hebrews 2:14-18, MSG
it is hard to experience real compassion without understanding what the other person is going through. I might want to help an alcoholic or a drug addict or an orphan, but without going through the same troubles myself, it would still be tough to fully grasp at what their problem is, while someone who had battled with a similar problem can connect easily. I am not saying that we need to start using drugs and then go through rehab to help those in need, but what I’m saying is that that is sort of what Jesus did. No, He did not sin like we do, but He became human – the God himself…
Therefore, he knows what we go through – He has “been there, done that.” The amazing encouragement in this is that even though He faced the same tough decisions that we face in our lives, He did not give in… Oh, the great hope!
Compassion… Co-suffering. Jesus knew it all too well… He knew what it’s like to be tempted, betrayed, hurt… He knew what it’s like when your closest friends leave you at the hour you need them most. He knew what it’s like to lose people close to you – He did raise Lazarus, but not his cousin John.
Yet, He also knew what it’s like to laugh with friends, what it’s like to celebrate, what it’s like to make people praise God with joy, what it’s like to do something with purpose.
He’s been there. He knows it all.
Like a dad who is gently comforting his kid, “Shhhh, hush, my child. I know. You can rest now. I know.”
Ain’t that the most delightful reminder of His love?