Explore the Bible
September 21, 2014
When you are struggling through a difficult time in your life, would you rather be encouraged and helped by a friend who has also struggled and suffered or a friend who has no idea what you are going through?
This is the reason Jesus had to become one of us! He went through the ridicule and suffering on the cross so that we would be more accepting of Him.
In Hebrews 2:18, the author of Hebrews explains that Jesus was able to help those who suffered through temptation because He suffered through temptation.
“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb. 2:18).
This makes it easier for us to trust that Christ can and will guide us through our difficult times. We know that we will survive temptation because He survived temptation, and He understands our trials because He also faced trials while He was human.
Jesus also had to become human so that He could die and rise again in order to “destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,” (Heb. 2:14).
By doing this, Christ could “free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb. 2:15).
If we know we are going to heaven after death, there is no reason to fear it. Death has been defeated!
This passage is a huge comfort and exciting to read as a Christian.
To know that Jesus understands the feelings and emotions we have as we suffer during life’s trials is a big encouragement. He was one of us, and He is ready and willing to help us through these difficult times in our lives.
Even more encouraging is knowing that because Jesus beat death, this time we spend on earth is just a brief moment – and that heaven is waiting for Christians after death.
That is truly amazing.