Jesus knows how you feel!
Are you financially strapped? Jesus knows how you feel. He said He didn't have a place to lay His head. Do you feel taken advantage of? Jesus paid taxes to a foreign emperor. But what if your problem is the opposite? You have a successful business to run. Can Jesus relate? Absolutely. He recruited and oversaw His own organization. Seventy men, plus an assortment of women who looked to Him for leadership. Do you make budgets and hire personnel? Christ knows leadership is not easy. His group included a zealot who hated the Romans and a tax collector who worked for them. And how about family tension? "When His family heard what was happening, they tried to take Him home with them. 'He is out of his mind' they said" (Mark 3:21 NIV). Have you been falsely accused? The night before His death people "tried to find something false against Jesus so they could kill him" (Matthew 26:59 NCV). Oh yes, Jesus has been there. He experienced "All the pain, all the testing." Max Lucado writes: "Jesus was angry enough to purge the temple, distraught enough to weep in public, fun-loving enough to be called a drunkard, winsome enough to attract kids, poor enough to borrow a coin for a sermon illustration, radical enough to get kicked out of town, responsible enough to care for His mother, tempted enough to know the smell of Satan, and anxious enough to sweat blood." But why would Christ endure earth's toughest pain? So that you would know that "He is able...to run to the cry of...those who are being...tested" (Hebrews 2:18 AMP). Whatever you're facing today, Jesus knows how you feel!