One of the key points that separates Christianity from most other religions is that according to our Scriptures, God reached out to man. Not only did He reach out to us, but He became one of us.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’” – John 1:14-15, ESV
God chose to walk among men again, but this time in our frail form. By doing so, He was exposed to the same fears, temptations, emotions, and challenges we are. We don’t just have an all-powerful God. We have an all-powerful God who has walked in our shoes.
If you’ve ever been through something traumatic you understand that folks who haven’t been through something similar can’t understand. They can sympathize with you, but they can’t know what you know. The good news is that Jesus can.
He was rejected by His family. They thought Him insane. He watched many desert Him when He explained the price of following Him. Then everyone did desert Him the night of His capture. Furthermore, His capture was due to the betrayal of one of His own, a man He had taken under His care and teaching and poured His life into for several years. He knew what it was like to have the people revere Him as a hero one moment, then condemn Him as a traitor the next.
Jesus has experienced our pains. He has faced our sufferings. So when John writes about the Word made flesh, we can rejoice. We don’t just worship and serve an almighty God. We worship and serve an almighty God who understands what we’ve been through. He knows what it’s like to lose a best friend, knowing that if he was there, he could have prevented so much suffering. He also knows what it’s like to have to choose against being there in order to accomplish something greater.
When I look at the suffering Jesus went through, I realize it was from the beginning, from the moment He first took breath. Yet He chose this path so that we might be saved. He made a way when we messed everything up. He preserved His creation that was so bent on destroying itself. And He suffered mightily for it. So not only do we adore and love an almighty God who has walked the paths we walk, we adore and love a God who willingly chose a life of suffering to redeem His people. He is worthy of all honor and glory and praise!