“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NLT).

I used to wonder how Jesus could understand groups like women and the elderly since he experienced life as a man, and a young one at that. But now I believe he does understand. He was very close to his mother. He experienced human emotions, weakness and temptation. As Creator, he gave us unique gifts from his own nature and character. In the case of women, he gave us nurturing instincts, compassion, softness and emotional strength, all of which we need to be mothers. He treated women, children and older folks with dignity and respect.

In Jesus’ time on earth, he fully experienced humanity and when he died, he took all the suffering, frustration and pain of humanity into and upon himself. He redeemed us from start to finish, male to female, child to adult. He gets us.

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