The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). — Matthew 1:23

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The Bible has many descriptive names for Jesus. Emmanuel (Immanuel) touches my heart more than any other. God with us. God came to live among His creations. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). God knows what it is to live in this broken world in a human body, not just because He is all-knowing but because He experienced it.

Jesus, the eternal God, was born into a particular place and time in history. He placed limits on Himself to make a way for us to become children of God. He could have used His power to ensure He didn’t suffer any of the negative aspects of being human. But He didn’t. Because He truly became man and lived among us, we can take our problems and suffering to Him and be sure He understands what we are going through.

Are you feeling alone, misunderstood, abandoned by family and friends? Jesus knows.

Are you suffering physical pain? Jesus knows.

Are you tempted to do something you know is wrong? Jesus knows.

Are you grieving the loss of a family member or friend? Jesus knows.

Are you a refugee, having left your country because of fear for your life? Jesus knows.

Does it seem that the people around you only want what they can get from you? Jesus knows.

Because Jesus faced all the problems and temptations we experience, we can take all things to Him without fear of rejection.

“This High Priest of ours [Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing we do, yet he did not sin. So let us 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 4:15,16 (NLT).

Reflection: What difference does it make in your life, to know Jesus really understands what you are going through?

Prayer starter:

Thank you, Jesus for becoming one of us. Help me to always carry my problems to you, confident that you truly understand.

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