Intellectually it is easy to remember that Jesus has did it all and that I cannot do it. Though, the heart usually takes some time to catch up – even when I remember that “It is finished”.
That’s where I get drawn back to why and how Jesus was able to say “It is finished”.
(Think about that phrase and all that it means for a second before you read the next part…)
See, Jesus is everything we are not: without fault, loving, humble, compassionate, merciful, wise, etc. Yet, He is still fully God and man (a mystery I don’t know if I ever want to fully understand). Which means He has the ability and capacity to make up for every way in which we have missed the boat – because He didn’t miss the boat. Ever.
Not only does this simply mean we have a ticket to heaven now or even get our sins cleansed in His eyes – it means in this present life, we get help.
Jesus understands where we are and what we are going through because He has experienced it too.
(Don’t just move past that, interact with that, engage with that, what does that mean?)
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
Simply, for our purposes, this means that Jesus understands. As my head and my heart battle it out for dominance – I draw near to Jesus and remember that He understands.
In this instance, I know that Jesus understands the ultimate form of betrayal. Judas sold Him for a mere thirty pieces of silver and Judas was in the select club of twelve that traveled with Jesus for three years. That is betrayal.
Jesus knows denial. One of His trusted compatriots denied Him three times in the most crucial time of need. Before the rooster crowed three times, Peter had denied Jesus. Broken the bond of trust that should have been established.
Jesus knows my pain.
He knows what betrayal and broken trust feels like.
Do you understand just how beautiful this is?