Monday, May 11, 2020

Hebrews 4:14-16

Hebrews 4:14-16 
English Standard Version (ESV) 

  It's been interesting to read some of the push back against celebrities complaining of quarantine.  Some live in houses three times the size of mine and have an entirely different experience than most of us -- while they're in the same storm, their boat is so much bigger and their financial cushion so much larger that they experience the waves in a very different manner.  I don't trust many of them to be able to relate to my experience, just as I can't relate to the experience of many others who are in more desperate circumstances.
 The great thing about Jesus is that his human experience enables him to be able to relate to all of us.  Born poor, he experienced a humble lifestyle.  He was tempted just like we are, and went through great suffering and embarrassment in his final moments.  Jesus knows what you are going through because Jesus endured similar circumstances.  When your boat is tossed in the waves of life's chaotic storms, Jesus can relate.  Not only does he promise to abide with you through everything in life, Jesus understand the emotions you are experiencing.  We can turn to Jesus as someone who knows us and our circumstances completely, and he is trustworthy.
  May we cast our cares upon him, in search of the mercy and grace that is always present.

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