In our last lesson, we learned that God does not use shame or condemnation. Such types of punishment are not His way (John 3:17). Condemnation and judgment only occur when people reject Jesus’ offer of salvation. We also learned that God is greater than our condemning heart.
Jesus understands your pain. As our High Priest, He can sympathize with us in all things. Jesus died for sins He was totally innocent of.
Let’s turn to Matthew 1:18-19; John 8:41 and read together.
People believed that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock. The Pharisees even took a jab at Jesus’ parentage. Imagine the shame Jesus had to endure in His youth. When you study Jesus’ genealogy (Matthew 1:1-6), you will find one of His ancestors was a prostitute (Joshua 6:25) and there was even an occurrence of incest (Genesis 38:1-30). Have you ever experienced brokenness in your family? Jesus understands.
Let’s turn to John 7:1-9 and read together.
Have you ever tried to follow the call of God, but your family was unsupportive? Jesus understands your pain. Jesus was mocked by His brothers who did not believe in Him.
Let’s turn to Matthew 4:1-11 and read together.
Have you ever dealt with intense pressure or extremely high expectations? Jesus understands. Jesus is the Son of God. The plan of salvation for humanity would have failed if He stumbled even once in word, thought, or deed during His human experience.
Have you ever felt tempted to not trust in God and tried to provide for your own needs? Have you ever doubted your identity as a child of God? Have you ever been tempted to eat to relieve stress? Have you ever been tempted to harm yourself? Have you ever felt the desire to try to prove your worth to the world? Jesus can relate to all these things.
Let’s turn to Matthew 2:13-23 and read together.
Have you ever had to flee your homeland because of violence and political unrest? Jesus understands.
Let’s turn to Isaiah 53:2-3 and read together.
Have you ever felt inadequate in your appearance? Have you ever been rejected by others? Have you ever felt unappreciated despite your best efforts? Jesus understands. Jesus was unappreciated by those He was pouring His life into.
Let’s turn to Isaiah 52:14; 53:5; and read together.
Have you ever been beaten? Jesus knows what that is like. Jesus was beaten so badly, He was unrecognizable.
Jesus can also relate to those who were sexually abused. Although He was never raped, He was stripped of His clothing against His will and experienced physical violation (Matthew 27:28; John 19:1).
Jesus can sympathize with all your pain and brokenness. Jesus’ life was filled with loneliness. Jesus was misunderstood by people. Jesus’ cousin was murdered in an alcohol-related incident (Matthew 14:6-10; Mark 6:20-28). Jesus died childless. Jesus was never married. Jesus was betrayed by a friend (Luke 22:48) and denied by another friend (Matthew 26:69-75). Jesus was falsely accused, imprisoned, and sentenced to death (Matthew 26:59-66). Jesus Christ was hurt by religious leaders (Matthew 26:3-4; John 18:14). Jesus suffered and there was no one to comfort Him (Mark 14:27). Jesus was spat on, abused, mocked, and jeered by the Roman equivalent of law enforcement (Matthew 27:27-31). Jesus was overwhelmed with grief (Matthew 26:38). Jesus was exposed and publicly shamed on a cross. Jesus was tempted to escape the pain with wine (Matthew 27:48) Jesus even felt at one point that God the Father had abandoned Him and did not hear His voice (Psalm 22:1; Mark 15:34).
Why did Jesus go through all this?
Let’s turn to Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16 and read together.
Jesus despised the pain and shame, but in the end He was satisfied because you and I would be saved. Jesus could have simply died for us, but He chose to suffer for us to give us the deepest healing. Jesus paid an infinite cost because we are infinitely valuable to Him. Jesus overcame pain and brokenness so that He could give us to ability to overcome also. Jesus despised the pain and shame, but in the end He was satisfied because you and I would be saved. Jesus could have simply died for us, but He chose to suffer for us to give us the deepest healing. Jesus paid an infinite cost because we are infinitely valuable to Him. Jesus overcame pain and brokenness so that He could give us to ability to overcome also.
Friend, are you willing to hold onto Jesus no matter how much you are hurting? Will you be willing to come boldly to Jesus to receive healing?