She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2:7
The highlighted sentence above have been in my spirit for the past few weeks. Understandably, it could be as a result of advent. Having gone back and forth with the thought of whether to post it or not since Christmas season has passed, i have decided to go with the later. I believe the message the story of Christ’s birth carries is too big to be relegated to advent season alone.
Each time I imagine the scene where Jesus was born, I am often overwhelmed with emotions. Putting myself in Mary’s shoes, I cannot even imagine the pain of experiencing closed doors whilst dealing with the physical pain of child birth. I thought about the pain I had to endure as I laboured for my 3 children. However my pain, attracted empathy and help. As my labour progressed, everyone was on their toes waiting to assist however they could. I cannot even imagine what it would have been like, if I had no support around me.
Mary’s labour story was different. She experienced rejection. Her baby experienced same.
Her baby was announced as The King even before He was born. Despite the high expectations for this royalty that was going to change the world, His very first experience in life was that of rejection.
Rejection hurts. We all have heard words of rejection in some way. “Sorry we can’t offer you this job. Sorry you are not qualified. Unfortunately there is no more space. We would love to give you but…..” These sentences are painful to hear. They make us feel unwanted, unqualified and in some cases not good enough.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses”
Hebrews 4:15 reminds us of the kind of King we have. Being fully God and fully man, it was very important that He experienced every feeling of human nature. I don’t know about you but I always get this feeling of ‘ah you get me!’ when speaking with someone who has experienced what I’m going through. There is a huge difference between what we learn from stories or books and what we experience personally. Jesus wanted us to have that feeling whenever we come to Him. So it was important to Him that He experienced every aspect of human nature and pain within His short life on earth.
Jesus experienced what it felt like to be in need. He needed comfort from His parents. He needed to be provided for.
Well i think you all must be tired of me describing how i have been feeling the past few months. The good thing is that knowing that i have a God who understands how i feel, who doesn’t push me away for coming to me with the same expression for the 100th time, a God who is extremely patient with me and comforts me in the dark hours, makes me feel good. I feel seen whenever i talk to Him. I feel heard. I feel known. This is because i know that i’m not taking to someone who will advice me based off what they heard.
You see God meets our needs from a place of empathy. Last week i was thinking of how empathetic God is. And my mind wondered through several characters in the bible and how God dealt with each person as an individual. I was greatly encouraged being reminded of the fact that He always understands how we feel. Because of this, we are able to come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16
He knows how it feels to be in need. He knows exactly how to help.