The last study, part 1, was on Jesus the builder, even before He walked the earth and is still a builder today. However, this is the only aspect that Jesus was while on the earth that He is not now – human. He was, however, a human for thirty-three and one-half years He knows what it is like to be us. Jesus did not settle for the illusion of identification. He became a human; He was born; He was a toddler; He was in a family; He went to work, like all of us.
Hebrews 2:14 – Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. (NLT version) Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form.
So even though He was human while on this earth, how does that help us today? Hebrews 2:17 – Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Verse 18) For in that He Himself suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Because Jesus was tempted in all things, He is able to help us in our temptations and weaknesses.
Hebrews 4:15, 16 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Verse 16) Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
As our High Priest, Jesus was tempted in all points which makes Him merciful and sympathetic to our temptations and needs. When a person can sympathize with us, immediately there is a bond because they know how we feel or how we struggle. Jesus was tempted in all areas and all points. He understands how we feel! Don’t ever think that our Lord and Savior doesn’t know what we go through because He lived it yet without sin.
Satan tries to convince people that they are worse than anyone else. He will tell people nobody is as bad as them. That’s how he keeps people from even going to the house of God. He tells them that they are so bad that they shouldn’t even try to go and sit among the righteous. He lies because he is the father of lies. However, Jesus says, “Come. I understand who you are and what you’ve done. Come to my throne of mercy and grace and receive forgiveness!”
Because Jesus was human: Jesus understands relationships.
Mark 6:3 – “Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” And they were offended at him.
So we know He had four brothers and at least two sisters, maybe more. He knew what it was like to have siblings. He also understood what it was like to be single and can sympathize, if need be, with those who are. But here’s the amazing thing:
He even knows and understands marriage. Even though He was never married in the sense of literally having a wife, yet He does. The Bride of Christ! The church is who Jesus is married to. So yes, He understands marriage and what it means to be faithful, committed, and dedicated. One step further – He knows what it’s like for His spouse to be unfaithful! He also knows what it’s like to have children and even disobedient children! There is nothing that we can’t talk to Him about. He understands what it’s like to have a family.
Mark 3:31 – Then His brothers and His mother came and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. (Verse 32) And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.” (Verse 33) But He answered them saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” (Verse 34) And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! (Verse 35) “For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
Have you ever felt that even though you have blood family but they are not really family? Why did Jesus not get up and go to his family? But remember what His family did to Him in Mark 3:21 – But when His own people (family) heard about this, they went out to lay (seize) hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” They said He was crazy!
Has your family ever thought you were something you’re not? Jesus said the ones that do the will of My Father are His family, so He understands when our own family disowns us. It doesn’t matter because as believers we have a more loving family and a heavenly Father that understands and loves us.
Jesus also understands when all of our friends desert us when we need them the most, as some family members do. He understands what it’s like to be betrayed by a close friend. There is nothing that’s going on in our lives that we can’t talk to him about.
Jesus understands work.
Jesus worked as a carpenter longer than He was in the ministry. He understands hard work. Tradition says He probably started with His father at twelve years old and worked until He was thirty. I imagine He was in excellent shape and only God and He knew what all He built. And He more than likely had callouses and blisters on His hands.
He also knew what it was like to own His own business. He knows what it’s like to work with or for lost people who lie and cheat. He also knew and knows what it’s like with church people who lie and cheat. There is nothing about our work we can’t talk to Him about.
Jesus understands pain.
We all go through pain, emotional and physical. We’ve all had both. Look at the emotional pain at this verse: Isaiah 53:3 – He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
And physical pain: Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we were healed.
Jesus was mocked and despised because of Him being a carpenter, His birth, being a Jew so He knows what it’s like to be mocked and ridiculed. Jesus was beaten by three different garrisons of guards; they plucked His beard; they not only beat Him with their fists but with rods; they drove a crown of thorns down on His head; they flogged Him over and over; they nailed spikes in His wrists and feet; and then hung Him on a cross until He died. He was tortured to death!
So please don’t ever think our precious Jesus doesn’t understand physical pain, because He knows more pain than you or I will ever go through in this life!
Think about this: Joseph, Jesus’ father, died at some point during Jesus life. Jesus could have raised His earthly father from the dead, but He didn’t. Do you think maybe it was so that He would know how it felt to lose a parent in order to be sympathetic toward us when we lose a parent?
Jesus knows our emotions and what we go through with physical pain, so go to Him, He understands.