Jesus gets our struggles because he experienced them too.
Have you ever experienced frustration? Sorrow? Temptation? So has Jesus.
Jesus understood what life was like for people in his day -- especially for the marginalized.
He was drawn to those on the fringes because he was one too: An immigrant. Homeless. Arrested. Bullied.
Through it all, Jesus welcomed outcasts, stood up for women, hung out with troublemakers, even befriended enemies.
He did it because of his radical love, empathy, and acceptance for all of us.
Given today’s increasingly divisive and mean-spirited world, we’re all seeking something better.
What if Jesus is the example we’re searching for?
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Jesus’ radical compassion stands in stark contrast to all current hate and intolerance.
Which is why his teachings, the way he lived, and what he stood for, still provide such inspiration today.
Jesus suffered anxiety.
If work, family, the holidays or just life have you feeling stressed, you’re not alone. Jesus knew anxiousness too.
The night before he died, Jesus anguished over his future. He asked his friends for support, but they let him down.
That night, Jesus modeled a radical new pathway to peace and comfort for the anxious.
Jesus was in broken relationships.
A broken relationship can make your whole world feel shattered. Jesus experienced this more than once.
Throughout his life, Jesus watched his best friends misunderstand, abandon, and even betray him. Yet, every time he was able to forgive them.
Though loving those who hurt us goes against our human nature, Jesus found a way. He did it by demonstrating a radical form of forgiveness that softens hearts and transforms relationships.
Jesus knew loneliness.
Feelings of rejection and discord hurt a little more when friends and family gather this time of year. Jesus could relate.
Jesus challenged norms and shared new ideas. When he did, people often disagreed, argued, and turned away from him. He was cancelled.
During these times of division and isolation, Jesus revealed a radical approach to emotional healing, recovery, and resolution.