For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.- Hebrews 4:15 (NRSV)
Like it or not, we are in the throws of the holiday season. Christmas songs are already on the radio, and a couple weeks ago retailers started to put up their “holiday” decorations. This is also the time of the year when people feel alone and get lost in the business that has become the holiday season. With the popularity of social media people who are hurting may say so on the platform of their choice. They may be depressed, alone, lost a loved one, or are hurting in some other way. It is in our nature to want to connect, and that desire is heightened when we are hurting in some way.
Why? Because, whether we want to admit it or not, we all need sympathy. We want to know that people are supporting us during our darkest of times, and that other people have been where we are currently and have made it through to the other side. Today’s verse shows us something remarkable, simple, and reassuring. It shows us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, is not some unfeeling and uncaring figure. He walked on this Earth and felt what we felt. He was tempted (Matt. 4:1-11), he felt the pain of someone close to him dying (John 11), and his friends abandoned him in his hour of need (Mark 14:50).
What are you struggling with today? Do you feel that nobody understands what you are going through? I want to encourage you and say that many sympathize and care for you. Jesus Christ himself sympathizes and loves you with an everlasting love. Throughout life we will always have hard times, but our savior lived on this earth and knows all about them on a personal level. Jesus is there to sympathize, guide you, and walk you through the dark times. Keep your head up!