You Just Don’t Understand

If you’ve ever been introduced to a teenager you’ve probably had an accusation thrown against you at some time. The accusation is that, whatever stage you find yourself in in life, you don’t understand what they are going through. Forget the fact that you were a teenager at one time or have known other teenagers who have went down the same path or you may have even been a parent to teenagers, you don’t understand their life.

Maybe we can understand this frustration though. Living away from the state Capital and even further (in both distance and values) from the largest and most influential city and region in our state we can come to the conclusion that our government just doesn’t understand what we are going through. We are too different. Too much separates us and them for them to have any idea what we need.

The first-century Jews had the same feeling about those in religious authority over them. The High Priest and his helpers were living large in Jerusalem in or near the Temple and here the common people were scratching out an existence in far away places like Capernaum or Bethsaida. The Pharisees were the majority of the Judaic leaders of the time and they cared little for the individual, all they were concerned with was the list of rules they had drawn up. No special circumstances were considered, no pardons were made for hardship. You either followed the rules or else. The people were rightly concerned that their leaders didn’t understand what they were going through.

In the time of all this trouble and turmoil comes a group calling themselves followers of one Jesus of Nazareth who they say is the Messiah or the Christ. They eventually came to be called Christians in the city of Antioch and the name spread because of how much they acted like the one they called the Christ. Their attitude was different, their actions were different, and even their High Priest was different. This group advocated the belief that every believer was a Priest, not just a special ruling class. In that way everyone had equal access to God. And they also claimed that this Jesus of Nazareth was their High Priest!

The difference between this High Priest and the one based in Jerusalem was stark. Jesus wanted to know each of them in a personal way. He sat on the right hand of God Almighty making intercession for believers. And, most astonishingly, He was genuinely concerned with the problems individual believers were having. The writer of Hebrews talks about Jesus’ love for us and His care for our problems as he addresses Jewish Christians. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirminites; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) Jesus hadn’t lived in some fancy palace in Jerusalem nor had he been raised in a secluded environment away from the cares and concerns of the common people. Instead He had been born in a working-class town, raised in another working-class town, and had a working-class stepfather who taught Him his trade. He knew what everyday struggles the commoner had in Israel because He went through them Himself.

Whatever place we find ourselves in life we have an advocate, someone who deeply cares for us, in the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s experienced pain and heartbreak, He’s known what it feels like to be abandoned and rejected, He has lived life and can relate to the lives we live. See, friend, the Lord is not some abstract person in the sky who maybe considers us at times. The Lord loves us and wants to know us in a personal way in salvation and wants to guide and direct our lives through the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures.

Maybe no one understands what you’re going through in this life. There is one that does, though. He is the Lord Jesus Christ and He wants to help you today.


  1. Reply
    Pam Smith says

    Another great article!

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    Jean Forth says

    Great message thanks for sharing.

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    Mona says

    Thanks, yet another great message. Looking forward to your next.

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