If there’s one thing the Savior Jesus Christ
learned about on this earth it’s how it feels to be abused, how it feels to be rejected,
how it feels to be forsaken, neglected, rejected by those who should love you the very most. So often, as I have sat with individuals who
struggle with these kinds of conditions in their lives, they often feel that, in the
midst of their pain, in the midst of those terrible conditions, whether it be sexual
abuse, or physical abuse, or emotional abuse, or whatever it might be, they often wonder:
“Where in the world was God, to let this terrible thing happen to me?” I’ll tell you exactly where He was: in His
Mortal life, He was in the very thick of those exact same conditions. There is nothing that any of us can teach
the Savior Jesus Christ about how it feels to be rejected, to be abused, to be forsaken,
to be left alone when you need others’ support the very most. The Savior bore these conditions, and more. And what my experience has been, with person
after person, there is a power, that over time, they’re able to tap into, that helps
them to understand that every one of those horrendous conditions, in some way, unimaginable
and incomprehensible to us, was borne by the Savior Jesus Christ, long before that individual
bore them. In some way, in the process of His atoning
sacrifice, He took on Him the pains, the sorrows, the sicknesses, the wounded-ness, of every
single human soul. He knows EXACTLY how those things feel. And because He knows exactly how those things
feel, He’s able to provide support and comfort and nurture—even in the most hellish and
difficult of human circumstances. The Apostle Paul taught that the Savior was
intimately acquainted with all of the things that we go through and, therefore, is able
to help. I love these words from Hebrews 4, starting
with verse 15. “For we have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The Savior knows EXACTLY what it feels like
to be on this earth, to experience the various sorrows, temptations, and desolations that
we experience in this earth. And it’s precisely because He has been here
that He is able to help us when we go through our difficult times.