28 May 2020
It is easy for us to think of Christ as this majestic, powerful figure in the heavens,
unfazed by what is going on in our lives.
But Hebrews 4:15 paints a very different picture.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses,
but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin.'
Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that Jesus empathises with us?
God is not aloof, distant and unconcerned; he does not look at us through some clinical and cold eye.
He is stirred, he is touched by what is going on in our lives.
Jesus came to earth to share our humanity, he felt anger, pain, frustration, as well as joy.
Everything we feel he has felt - and more!
He suffered far more than we would ever experience, death on the cross.
Then he was able to take all those human emotions back to heaven to share them with his Father.
There is a verse in Isaiah which to me is amazing. It is talking about God and his people. It says,
9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them he lifted them up and carried them all in the days of old.' Isaiah 63:9 (NIV)
When we suffer, God suffers, just as we suffer when we see our child hurting.
He is not untouched, he is not unmoved, he is not unsympathetic.
In Jeremiah God, speaking of Israel as one single person, says,
'.. I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the Lord.'
8 'The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. ' Ps 145:8,9.
God feels and sympathises. He is moved and touched and suffers with us as we walk through the difficulties of life.
He is with us in this Corona crisis, he is with us in whatever situation we are facing at this moment.
He understands and yearns to give us comfort and strength if only we will turn to him.
That is the compassionate and generous heart of God. What an amazing God we worship!