Last week Mark explained that Jesus came to earth and took on flesh in order to model and experience life for us. He did this so that He could reunite us with God and help us walk through this life.
Even though Jesus is perfect and sinless, His time on earth was not easy. The years He spent here were full of pain, heartache, frustration, and difficulty beyond anything we could imagine. Our lives are full of heartache and pain too, but the powerful thing about Jesus’ experience on earth is that He chose to endure all of the hard stuff. He didn’t have to.
Because we’re just plain old humans, we have to live in this world. We don’t get a choice. We have to walk through life and endure the crazy circumstances that are created by our sinfulness and the sinfulness of others.
Jesus, however, was not just a plain old human.
He didn’t deserve any of the difficulty that he endured while on earth. He is perfect and sinless. We endure life because we have to, Jesus endured the pain of this world because He loves us.
Now, it would be super awesome if, when we believe in Jesus and accept His gift of salvation, we could also get a free pass through life and skip all the hard stuff. I’m imagining something like teleporting to Heaven.
Unfortunately, that’s not how things work. The bad news is that we still have to finish out our lives here on earth, no matter how hard that may be.
The amazing news, however, is that Jesus didn’t leave us on our own to figure things out until He calls us home to Heaven. Jesus’ life on earth not only secured the forgiveness of our sins and made it possible for us to be reunited with God the Father, but also made it possible for us to endure the rest of our lives here on earth.
Why can we endure the rest of our lives? Because Jesus helps us every step of the way.
Whatever intense thing you are walking through: Jesus gets it. He sees you, He perfectly understands you, and He knows exactly what you need in order to survive. Jesus lived as a human, so He knows exactly what it’s like.
These are the two life-changing, world-shifting truths of Jesus’ great love for us: this world is not all there is, and we are never alone.