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.
Jesus is still a person with a body. He ascended in his body to Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the throne of God. He knows what it's like to be afraid. He knows what it's like to be in need. Because Jesus is still a sympathetic person, you may trust his word to comfort you in difficult times.
There is a wonderful allegorical tale of the Christian life called Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) written by an English Puritan named John Bunyan (1628-88). At one point, the main characters, Christian and his best friend Hopeful, are kidnapped, beaten and imprisoned by Giant Despair. One night as the two men were in the throes of depression and praying desperately for help, Christian exclaimed, “What a fool am I, thus to lie in this stinking dungeon, when I may as well walk in liberty! I have a key in my bosom called Promise that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle. Then said Hopeful, That’s good news, good brother, pluck it out of thy bosom and try.” So he did, and the “door flew open with ease”—then the outward door, and then the iron gate, and they escaped with speed. Awakened by the creaking of the gate, Giant rose to pursue them, be he “felt his limbs too frail, for his fits took him again, so that he could by no means go after them.”
Of the many promises Jesus makes through the whole Bible, I will conclude with this one for your comfort: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Jesus experienced every category of human experience for your sake, so he is able to give you peace. Because he can, you must trust his word.
Ask God to give you peace in the knowledge that whatever circumstance you face in life, you have been given his reliable, relevant, personal word that shows you Christ who is able to give you peace from himself.
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