ThinkstockPhotos-77866908Every author has one or two of their books that are personal favorite.  My book Real Moms…Real Jesus: Meet the Friend Who Understands
is one of those for me.

It came out of a dark season of my life where I felt like God was so far away.  Because I love biographies, I decided to read the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as biographies of Jesus.  Now those books ARE biographies of Jesus but I’d never read them that way!

As I read them, I realized that while Jesus was fully God AND fully man, I had primarily focused on His “God on earth” experiences. He was born of a virgin, He performed miracles, He rose from the dead!  However, I had never given much thought to His human experiences.

As I began reading , the first thing I noticed touched me as a mother, when I read these simple words in Matthew 8:1, “Large crowds followed him everywhere he went!” I had to laugh because large crowds of children followed me everywhere I went!

I also noticed that everywhere Jesus went people wanted to touch Him and I thought, “That’s my life as a mother!”

RMRJ comp1Then I read about Judas betraying Him and noticed how the disciples let Him down in the Garden of Gethsemane.  I’ve been betrayed and let down and I’m sure you have too.

This Easter, as you think about Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection, I challenge you to focus on His human experience and how you have a God who understands:

Are you facing physical pain? Jesus understands.
Have you been betrayed by someone you love. Jesus understands. 
Has someone let you down? Jesus understands.
Has someone’s bad choices affected your life in some way? Jesus understands.
Are you tired? Jesus understands.
Do you feel like what you are saying isn’t being heard? Jesus understands. 
Have you been falsely accused? Jesus understands.
Are you sad? Jesus understands.

Jesus experienced physical, relational, and emotional pain. He truly is a friend who understands! He longs to bring new life–resurrection– to the broken places in your heart.

And that’s what Easter is all about.

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