We have a king who has suffered. We have a king who is like us. Hebrews 2:10, “ In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.” This does not mean Jesus was flawed, and had to be purged or put right. It means that he needed to be equipped or qualified to be our Savior. He needed to know what it was like to be human. He needed to be one of us.
Jesus didn’t go straight to being crowned. To be our Savior, he could not even go straight from his baptism to the cross. He had to experience problems and pain so that he could sympathize with us in our problems and pain.
We worship Jesus. Rightly so! He is our king and God. But there is a danger that we can end up thinking of him as something other than human, or as super-human, as though he floated through his years on earth, impervious to the kinds of tensions and issues that we face each day. No! Jesus is as human as we are.
What does this mean? It means we can approach a God who knows, who understands, who listens and who helps. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” You are not coming to a king who knows nothing of your life. You can talk to God about your problems and pain because he knows what it is like to have problems and pain.