It is a wide array of unfortunate circumstances that we all experience from time to time. It may be the loss of a loved one, physical abuse and pain, betrayal, loneliness, or some other sad misfortune. When you go through something like this, you may feel alone. You may feel that no one understands what you are going through or no one cares. However, you can take some comfort in knowing that no matter what you are experiencing, Jesus has been there and done that, and He knows all too well how you feel, and He sympathizes with you. This article discusses all the different ways that Jesus experienced the same trials that you may be going through now.
Jesus knows what it is like:
1. To be ridiculed, bullied, mocked, and humiliated.
Are you being bullied, teased, or humiliated by another person or group of people? If so, you might want to consider talking to someone about it that you can trust. Bullying is a serious issue and should be reported. You can also take comfort in knowing that Jesus also has been right where you are, because He, too, was humiliated by others.
He was spit upon by Roman soldiers. (Matthew 27:30)
The soldiers also belittled Him and made a mockery of His divine power and authority when they put a purple robe on Him, bowed to Him, and said, “Hail King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:29)
When Jesus was at the lowest and worst moment of His earthly life, hanging on the cross in intense pain, people passed by and ridiculed Him, shaking their fingers at Him, not considering for one moment that He just might be innocent. (Matthew 27:39-44)
2. To be poor and in need.
Are you struggling to make ends meet? Are you in need and wonder if God has forgotten about you? You are not alone. Even Jesus once walked in your shoes.
He knows what it is like to be hungry. (Matthew 4:2)
During His ministry, Jesus owned no possessions, no home and not even a place to lay His head. (Matthew 8:20)
Jesus was so poor that others provided for Him. (Luke 8:1-3)
3. To grieve and cry.
We all go through times in our lives when we cry and grieve over the loss of something or someone or because of unfortunate circumstances. When you are sad and can’t help but cry, remember that Jesus has been right where you are as well.
When Jesus prayed to God for help, He cried with “strong crying and tears.” (Hebrews 5:7)
When His friend, Lazarus, died, “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)
Jesus wept over the whole city of Jerusalem because He foresaw the future and knew that Jerusalem would be destroyed because it failed to recognize and accept its Savior. (Luke 19:41-44)
4. To be alone.
If you hate being alone, you can take comfort in knowing that Jesus experienced loneliness too.
After Jesus had spent all day preaching the good news of the gospel and feeding thousands of people, He went up to a mountain to pray all alone. Jesus could help everyone else, but there was no one to help Him or comfort Him, except the Father. (Matthew 14:23)
Right before Jesus was to be arrested, tried, and crucified, He asked His disciples to come with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane because His “soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even to death,” but the disciples slept while He prayed in agony, cried, and sweat blood all alone. (Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22:39-47)
5. To be betrayed.
If you have ever been betrayed by someone you love and trust, then you know how deeply it hurts and how devastating it can be. If you are experiencing betrayal in your life now, Jesus knows exactly how you feel because He also was betrayed by someone close to Him.
Jesus’s own disciple, Judas, chose to sell Him out to the Jewish leaders for 30 pieces of silver. Judas led a posse of Jewish leaders and Roman soldiers to place where he knew Jesus often prayed. Judas kissed traitorously kissed Jesus as a sign to show the posse which person to falsely arrest.(John 18:1-3; Luke 22:47-48)
6. To be abandoned.
Some people are abandoned by their parents, others by spouses, relatives, friends, partners, or others. If you have been abandoned by someone you love, you can take some small comfort in knowing that Jesus knows how you feel. He, too, was abandoned by those closest to Him.
When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, His disciples all “forsook Him and fled.” (Matthew 26:56)
7. To suffer physical abuse, pain and agony.
Physical abuse and physical pain can sometimes feel like an unbearable thing to endure, but Jesus has been there. In fact, no matter how great your physical pain, very few people in this world probably ever experience the intense agony that Jesus endured when:
He was whipped with a cord made of sharp bones and metal.(Matthew 27:26)
He wore a crown made of thorns.(Matthew 27:29; John 19:1)
He was crucified, meaning His hands and feet were nailed to a cross. (Matthew 27:35)
Jesus also suffered unnecessary physical abuse when the Roman soldiers “took the reed and struck Him on the head” and the Jewish leaders blindfolded Him and struck Him with their hands, taunting Him. (Matthew 27:30 and Luke 22:64)
8. To be tempted to sin.
If you struggle with temptation in your life, you should know that Jesus fully understands what you are going through. He, too, endured temptation.
Satan tempted Jesus to misuse His power, to tempt God, and to deny God and worship evil instead, but Jesus mustered the strength to resist these temptations through the knowledge of God’s Word so that in Him, we can have strength to resist.(Matthew 4:1-11)
While we may not have a record of every time Jesus was tempted to sin, the Bible says Jesus can sympathize with us because He was tempted “in all points as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
9. To feel forsaken by God.
Sometimes bad things happen in our lives and we feel like God has forsaken us. If you have ever felt this way, you can take comfort in knowing that even Jesus once felt this way.
When people ridiculed Jesus while He was suffering excruciating pain and sorrow on the cross, even He wondered where God was when He needed Him the most, crying out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
The good news is that even though Jesus, in His humanity at the moment felt like God was nowhere around, God was in all reality present and coming to His rescue. You can see this in Psalm 22:1, 24. While we may feel God has forsaken us, He has not and nor will He ever. (Hebrews 13:5)
10. To be falsely accused.
Just recently, a relative of mine was falsely charged with a crime. Someone blatantly made up a lie on them, but when it came time to go before the judge, the truth came out, and the charges against my relative were all dismissed. If you have ever been falsely accused of something you didn’t do, you know how hurtful it can feel. Jesus knows this too because He was falsely accused.
The Jewish leaders, who were supposed to be God’s own people, deliberately searched for people who were willing to tell lies about Jesus to give them a reason to take Jesus to the governor. At first, it was difficult to find anyone who could say anything bad about Jesus, but then finally, two people came forward willing to accuse Jesus by turning the words of Jesus around in a way that made it appear that He had committed the crime of blasphemy. (Matthew 26:59-61)