“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested” (Hebrews 2:18, NLT).

I’ve stated many times here how we need to be careful not to anthropomorphize God—to ascribe human thoughts, feelings or characteristics to him, to make him like us. But it’s also important to realize that when God came to earth as a human being, he did become just like us. He was still God, which is hard to wrap our minds around and presents us with a bit of a challenge when trying to know and understand God. He will always be a mystery in many ways and that’s a good thing.

One way he became like us was in his suffering. Jesus experienced all the pain and anguish this world has to offer, including a horrendous death on a cross. He entered into our suffering and let it enter him. Because he was willing to become a human in every way, he can understand and relate to our pain and even feel it with us—and help us through it.

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