Lives and livelihoods have been torn apart by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is incredibly good news when we blink away our tears and look beneath the distressing headlines. We have a compassionate Savior who can relate firsthand to pain, disease, and even poverty. Because of his great love for us, Jesus didn’t shy away from hurt. That is one of the things I admire most about Jesus, and that was my thinking behind today’s devotional when I submitted it several years ago. Jesus isn’t an uncompassionate, distant being. He chose to come to rescue of those with troubles—not walk away from them. He also experienced many kinds of hardships in his own body and heart.
Consider a few examples of Jesus’ hardships, which are similar to those we currently face:
Whatever troubles we face, Christ has felt our pain or something very, very close to it. His empathy is just as real as when his feet walked the earth. His compassion is just as tangible as when he healed the many people in the Bible. After all, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV). He is always eager to comfort us, listen to us, and intercede for us.
Throughout my Walk I experienced the presence of the Risen One in the devotional spaces as well as in times of teaching, meditation, and prayer. The communion with brothers, experienced in the daily sharing at the table and in the Word, generated deep bonds of brotherhood.”