Sunday, December 20, 2020

Jesus Came to Feel Your Pain

A farmer made a sign advertising puppies for sale. A little boy read it and said, "Mister, I want to buy one of your puppies." The farmer said, "These puppies cost a lot of money, probably more than you can afford." 
The little boy said, "I've got 39 cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," the farmer said. He whistled and called, "Come here, Dolly."
 
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp came Dolly, followed by four little puppies. A few seconds later, a fifth dog came out, slipping down the ramp and lagging behind. It hobbled because it had two badly deformed legs. The little boy pointed to the frail dog and said, "I'll take that one!" The farmer knelt down and explained, "Son, you don't want that one. He'll never be able to run and play like the other dogs."
 
The boy reached down and rolled up the leg of his pants, revealing his artificial leg. He said, "Mister, I'll never be able to run and play like the other boys either, so that little puppy is going to need someone who understands."
 
God became a man 2,000 years ago to experience all the pain we go through as humans. Jesus felt the sting of rejection, the pull of temptation, the pressure of stress, the ache of loneliness, and the pains of going hungry. Hebrews 2:17-18 says, "He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest." Hebrews 4:15 adds, "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses." This means Jesus feels your pain as you are experiencing it and knows how you feel.
 
Are you going through a difficult time? One reason Jesus came to earth was because He knew you would need someone who feels your pain. Everything that you're going through, He's already been through in some way. And that’s why He’s a merciful Savior.
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