Earlier today, I was flipping through my copy of “The Jesus I Never Knew.” If I remember correctly, it was my younger brother who gave it to me, years ago during a significant period in my faith journey. At the time, I was pretty well-acquainted with the sacred Jesus, the Jesus of the Crucifix. But prior to reading Yancey’s book, I probably hadn’t thought very often of Jesus as, “a Jew in Galilee with a name and a family, a person who was in a way just like everyone else.” Yet, He hungered, and slept.
Jesus wept, and was tempted.
He experienced rejection and betrayal.
Though divine, He also was and is intimately acquainted with our very human struggles. He is the ultimate Mediator and Reconciler, giving us access to unlimited mercy and grace. What a privilege it is to meet this Jesus.
Is it hard to imagine our Savior tempted as we are? Isn’t it comforting to know that He was?