When it comes to relationships, we tend to feel closer to people who have similar experiences to ours. Conversely, we tend to find it difficult to feel close to people who have no idea what our life has been like.
The God of the Bible is relational as the Father, Son, and Spirit have lived in loving unity together for all eternity. Once we sinned, and began living life on our fallen planet, God could not relate to us and we could not relate to Him. Out of love for us, Jesus Christ came down to relate to us by experiencing what we experience.
Hebrews 2:17-18 says, “He had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
You know someone really loves you when they make sacrifices that cause them pains and problems so that they can join you in your struggle. This is exactly what Jesus did, going from Heaven to earth, riches to poverty, glory to humility, and comfort to suffering.
Every Christmas we celebrate that Jesus is “merciful” and “faithful”. He has compassion for us and is faithful to help us. He knows what it is like to obey your parents as a kid, do chores, learn and grow through life, work a job, pay taxes, get hungry, endure demonic attack, put up with annoying people, suffer, and die.
No matter what life stage we are in, or what we are experiencing, the good news of Christmas is that our God, Jesus Christ, was born to identify with us. He lives as our high priest to bring our pains and problems to God and bring God’s provision and power to us.
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