"Been There, Done That" -Jesus

Chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev once said: I learned the meaning of love from a drunk. I once passed two drunks drinking in a gutter and overheard the following conversation between them: Drunk #1: "I love you!"

Drunk #2: "No you don't."

Drunk #1: "Yes, yes, I do. I love you with all my heart."

Drunk #2: "No you don't. If you love me, why don't you know what hurts me?"

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Jesus knows what hurts us. Jesus has been there.

Jesus knows what it's like to have his friend betray and abandon him. (Luke 22:48)

Jesus knows what it's like to have someone wash their hands and ignore responsibility to his dire situation. (Matthew 27:24)

He knows what it's like to be tempted (Matthew 4:1-11), to be mocked for his passions (Luke 23:11) to be gossiped about (Luke 9:18-19).

Jesus knows what it's like to weep for a friend's death (John 11:35).

He knows what it's like to have a dear friend deny their friendship to others (Matthew 26:70).

He knows what it's like to be forsaken (Matthew 27:46).

Jesus knows what it's like to do something even though he doesn't want to, even though it's gonna be hard (Luke 22:42).

He knows what it's like to be misunderstood and for his hometown to reject him (Mark 6:4).

He knows pain. But he also knows joy (Hebrews 12:2).

Don't be surprised that He knows your life well enough to love you perfectly. The crazy thing about that, is that he loves you despite all that He knows about your life.

your friend,

-Isaac