Everybody wants somebody in their life to understand them, somebody who they can relate to, somebody who really knows and can feel what they are going through. That’s where our devotional comes in on today — our devotional reminds those of us that know and it speaks to those who do not know that when we talk about the Christ, we are talking about somebody who from a personal and spiritual standpoint can identify with whatever we are facing or dealing with.
He has been where we are and can relate with us. The reason why Christ came here in the flesh was so that he could please and satisfy God in the flesh, offer himself up as a sin offering for our sins. He became a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:7), laid aside his glory in heaven and he became one of us. He walked around in a human body just like ours; and in doing so he opened himself up to the same things that we deal with on a everyday basis. You see, just because he was God in the flesh, doesn’t mean that he lived in heaven while he was here on Earth! He didn’t live in a king’s palace! He walked around on foot just like everybody else! He was thirsty and hungry just like everybody else! He got tired and needed rest just like everybody else! He was just as human as we are except he never sinned! I need you to understand that Christ went through and suffered in the flesh just like we did! He had to in order to die for us.
We all, or most of us, have voted in public elections. We try to elect politicians that can relate to the needs of the average everyday person; somebody perhaps who has had to come up on the rough side of life like we have, somebody who knows what it feels like to struggle; to have to work a job and live on a paycheck from week to week and knows what it feels like to live a everyday life.
We don’t want politicians who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, that have had everything given to them on a silver platter, because such a individual is not in touch with the average person — they can’t relate to that person who has had to work for everything that they have. They can’t relate to those of us that have had to work in the fields in the heat of the day and struggle for every dime that we received because when such a person gets in office they will cater to the rich, the famous, and the so-called elite.
Christ left his throne in glory, came into this world because he had to be in touch with the people that he came to save! The Great High Priest became one of us so that he could relate to us; and that’s where he stands today interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:27). He knows all about it! We cannot go through anything that he has not already been through. When we pray we pray to someone who clearly understands us. What a comfort.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.