Jesus knew what it was like to experience poverty (Luke 9:58). Jesus was homeless, so he can identify with those who have to do without.
Jesus knew what it was like to experience exhaustion. Jesus walked everywhere he went. he had to deal with disciples who argued about who was greatest and didn’t get the lessons he was teaching, not to mention religious leaders plotting his death while he healed and fed countless people.
Jesus knew what it was like to be betrayed. He was betrayed by religious leaders and his own family (Mark 3:21). Peter denied knowing him and Judas sold him out for 30 silver pieces.
Jesus knew what it was like to suffer grief. Jesus weeps over the condition of Jersualem (Luke 19:41) AND at the death of a friend, Lazarus (John 11:35). See also Isaiah 53:3.
Jesus knew what it was like to be tempted. Although Jesus never committed a sin, he was still tempted (Hebrews 2:18).
Jesus knew what it was like to suffer. It’s hard for us to find meaning in our suffering this side of eternity. Jesus confided his emotional pain to this disciples (Matthew 26:38). And he obviously endured the physical pain of his extremely gruesome death on a cross.
Jesus knew what it was like to feel forsaken by God. God the Father had to turn his face away from His Son while he became sin on the cross in our place (Matthew 27:46). And as for us, we are never forsaken even though that feeling ight be strongly felt (Hebrews 13:5).
Jesus knows what it’s like to be human. He was fully human. He got hungry and thirsty. He slept. He had to learn things. He grew. He loved. He was glad. He was angry. He prayed. He exercised faith. He read the Scriptures. He cried. As the old hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus says, “Jesus knows our every weakness.”
What a massive comfort to know that “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 (Hebrews 4:15).