Have you ever had someone respond to your difficult situation or struggle with the words “I know exactly what you are going through” and you are well aware this just isn’t true? What type of blessing was their flippant comment to you? If it does anything at all, it diminishes what you are going through and creates a defensiveness in you that wants to declare “You are so clueless!” Instead, walk with people at all times but don’t claim a greater identification than is real and true.
The thing is that when people make those statements they are often just trying to connect or reach in to our world. I need to give them the benefit of the doubt but it still doesn’t really deliver any comfort to me if I am honest. What would really help is someone that has journeyed through this and lived to tell about it. I need the insight and perspective that comes through true experience.
For instance, this past Sunday Randy and Ree Erickson (nephew of Harvey and Sandra Erickson) spoke in our worship service about ministering to families that are going through caring for a sick child in need of an organ transplant. They want to provide a home away from home called “Cy’s Place” for them to stay while their children are at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Ericksons have a unique perspective and experience because their own son, Cy, went through treatment in Rochester and ultimately died at three years of age. Randy and Ree know how difficult this process can be.
As each and every one of us go through our days we face complexities, difficulties and temptations. There can be times when we feel all alone and think that no one can really relate to my particular situation. It is in these moments that we need to remember Jesus truly became one of us. He didn’t just look like one of us. He was fully human! So often I have missed out on that truth because I try to wrap my little mind around the fact that Jesus was 100% man while at the same time being 100% God. Jesus chose to subject himself to being a human so that He could be our Savior and relate perfectly with our broken world.
This Sunday’s message will address Jesus’ humanity. We will come to grips with the fact that Jesus “set aside” His divinity so that He lived the perfect life as one of us. He asked questions that showed his willingness to be limited in His “Godness” as He Lived his life leading ultimately to His death and resurrection. He asked questions to gather information just like us.
Jesus didn’t ask questions like these just for conversational purposes. He was actually needing to gather information just like anyone else. He also stood against temptation like anyone else. Jesus cried and felt pain just like us as well. He knows your…
Pastor Nick Mundis