Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17 NAS
Like His brethren in all things.
Once I asked my Sunday school boys to imagine Jesus as a thirteen year old … hitting His growth spurt, watching for His mustache to come in, noticing that girl in town … They smiled and said it was a tough assignment.
We agree, we believe, that Jesus is “like us,” but often we have a hard time grasping it.
Sometimes it’s hard to picture Jesus laughing at a joke, delighting in the smells of the first flowers of springtime, or marvelling at the power of a thunderstorm. He was human, though. Perfect, yes, but also perfectly human.
Sometimes it’s hard to picture Jesus laughing at a joke, delighting in the smells of the first flowers of springtime, or marvelling at the power of a thunderstorm.
He was human, though. Perfect, yes, but also perfectly human.
Jesus knew what it was like to be tired and hungry. I’m sure as He worked with Joseph, He experienced tired muscles, difficult customers, deadlines, delays, and setbacks.
He was the son of an unwed teenage mother. In John 8:41, the Pharisees spitefully throw that fact up in His face. He’d very likely been the subject of ugly gossip and hateful slurs.
He experienced great loss. Joseph died sometime between Jesus’s trip to the Temple at age twelve and the beginning of His public ministry at age 30.
He dealt with economic pressures. We know His parents were poor based on the offering Mary brought when He was dedicated.
He coped with being misunderstood, with having the worst motives assigned to all of His actions.
His own family worried that He might have been mentally ill and tried to shut down His ministry.
He got angry at ungodliness. He lamented over countless people who preferred spiritual blindness. He had compassion for the suffering, for the marginalized, for the overlooked.
His knowledge of humanity isn’t theoretical. It is deep, intimate and experiential. It is perfect.