It was necessary for Jesus
to be in every respect like us.
An article in USA Today described how David Dillard schools his young architects to understand the residential needs of older people. He sends them on twenty-four-hour “sleepovers” in a senior living center.
They put on pajamas, wear earplugs to simulate hearing loss, tape their fingers together to limit manual dexterity, and don blurry-lens eyeglasses to replicate vision problems. Dillard says, “They come back with a heart ten times as big. They meet people and understand their plight.”
Jesus spent thirty-three years on earth in our pajamas. He became “in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters . . . Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted” (Heb 2:17, 18).
He knows how you feel.
Jesus understands you better
than your best earthly friend.