Have you ever felt alone?
When you’re going through a difficult time, nothing means more than having someone come alongside who understands what you’re going through.
“Jesus wept” is famous as the shortest verse in the Bible (John 11:35), but to me the real power of that two-word passage from the story of Lazarus is the reassurance that Jesus understands what life is like for us.
He doesn’t ask anything of us that He wasn’t willing to do Himself, and He promises to be with us in all we have to go through. For example:
Jesus knew temptation: “He was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:13).
Jesus knew poverty: “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).
Jesus knew frustration: “He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.… ‘Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!’” (John 2:15-16).
Jesus knew weariness: “Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well” (John 4:6).
Jesus knew disappointment: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks,…but you were not willing” (Luke 13:34).
Jesus knew rejection: “From this time many of his dis ciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66).
Jesus knew sorrow: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38).
Jesus knew ridicule: “Again and again they struck him…and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid [mocking] homage to him” (Mark 15:19).
Jesus knew loneliness: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
You Are Not Alone
No matter what you’re going through, my friend, you have a God who is “intimately acquainted” with all your ways (Psalm 139:3 NASB).
He doesn’t stand back, remaining distant from your pain.
Instead, He wants to crawl down into the darkest part of your life. If you’ll let Him, He wants to wrap His arms around you.
He wants to whisper comfort to your pain. More than that, He wants to infuse you with strength to withstand whatever comes your way.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
I’d love to hear from you…What does it mean to you to know that Jesus understands what you’re going through?