I wrote yesterday about how the angel warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt because Herod was seeking to kill Jesus. Joseph and Mary hurriedly left Bethlehem and fled to Egypt and stayed there until the angel told them Herod had died and it was safe to go back. Jesus would have been between 1 to 4 years old when they returned. Jesus began His earthly life on the run in the arms of parents who fled to safety. The bible says that Jesus is our “Sympathetic High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses having been tempted in all ways just as we are yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:14-16). That means Jesus experienced the hardships, trials, dangers etc that occur in this life. He did not sin, but He went through this life in all of the hardships included. One of those hardships was beginning His life on the run as what we would call a refugee.
I think of my refugee friends and all of the hardships they have been through and continue to experience as they try to make a new life. They ran for their lives. It comforts me to know that when I pray for them, I am praying to Jesus who understands their experience since He went through it himself personally. I have been in their homes, heard their stories, helped them with some of their struggles, and worried about them. We have shared moments of joy and they have shared their tears with me.
If you have ever gone through any hardship, or are going through one now, you can take comfort in knowing that Jesus has gone through too and He wants to hear from you. We know that because the bible also says “..since we have such a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God…… Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). We have permission to approach Him. He understands us and sympathizes with us.