Over & Over
Jesus’ life may have been short, but he had enough experiences to sympathize with all of humanity.
ecclesiastes 1:9 msg
“History merely repeats itself. Nothing is truly new; it has all been done or said before. What can you point to that is new? How do you know it didn’t exist long ages ago? We don’t remember what happened in those former times, and in the future generations no one will remember what we have done back here.“
Over & Over: History
History repeats itself. Cliché but true!
It’s like the teenager that tells their parents, “You just don’t understand, things are different now!” Yes, I think every generation has a unique spin on things but in essence, the experiences are all essentially the same. Continuing with the teenager analogy, do you remember how Jesus (then 12 years old) responded to his parents, Joseph and Mary when they found him in a temple in Jerusalem, after Jesus was missing for three days.
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.” -Luke 2:49-50
Jesus was not a normal teenager and knew that he had little time to make an impact on earth before he would die on the cross. However, his response has been echoed by most (if not all!) teenagers that have lived since he was alive.
The general consensus is that Jesus died in his early 30s. Some would argue that his young death limits his relatability. Yet we know from Hebrews 4:15, that he is a high priest that understands and sympathizes with us. He may not have reached old age and experienced the loneliness of being the last friend/family member alive, but from John’s the Baptist’s death, he knew what it felt like. He may not have married or had children, but from the female volunteers and his disciples, he knew what a having a family felt like. He may not have felt the despair of a star athlete who has a career-ending injury but he knew the pain of being whipped and knowing his life was literally ending.
What Jesus experienced may not look like what are currently going through, but at its core, the emotions are the same and he has felt whatever you are feeling…<3
Until Weekend Wellness,