It's been a difficult few days. A prominent and well loved church member is seriously ill and it's been a struggle knowing how best to comfort and encourage him and his family at this time. What do you say when you see a man who was incredibly active and generally outgoing, lying comatose with all sorts of tubes connected to him? Words fail you and it's folly pretending in such situations that we understand what family and close friends are going through. Thankfully, as a Christians we don’t necessarily have to understand or identify with what each person is going through in order to help or to be consoled.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin (Hebrews 4:15)
Incredible - there is nothing that anyone has gone through, is going through, or will go through, that Jesus cannot relate to, sympathize with or encourage his children in - What a Saviour!