The Humanity of Jesus Part 1: He Understands Our Fear

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The Humanity of Jesus Part 1: He Understands Our Fear

Jesus lived on earth as a man–completely human, completely divine. As a man, He experienced everything we do. He can be our advocate with the Father because He has walked in our shoes. Fear is one of the most basic feelings of man. And Jesus understands.


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He Understands Our Fear


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 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. Hebrews 4:15-16


I burrowed deep into my daddy’s strong arms. Terror pounded like blows of a hammer on my heart and mind as crashes of thunder and flashes of lightning struck with unceasing fury outside. My first clear memory of fear and of comfort.

Many years later, I screamed, “No! No! Not my Daddy!” Tears streaming as I tried to absorb the news that my daddy was gone. He entered heaven on a bolt of lightning that struck above his heart. My world quaked. I was lost, alone, and afraid.

The pain was unbearable. Muscles clenched, eyes blurred, pain seared throughout my body, and no one knew why. I had pain pills. A lot of pain pills. Two did nothing. Many would make it stop. I shook in fear at the thoughts in my mind. I could not be alone. God and my husband stepped in, to comfort and reassure.

Not long ago, I awakened every night, drenched in sweat, fear bounding in my pulse. Soon, I would be traveling 1200 miles from—alone. Heading to a major medical center to seek treatment for a little understood medical problem, I felt fear once again. How would I manage? I knew not one single person at the other end. I would be alone.

When I feared the lightning, my daddy stepped in—the earthly representation of my heavenly Father. My fears calmed in his arms. My breath slowed. My heart became calm.


When God took my daddy home, when the physical pain was more than I could bear, the tender arms of my husband and the knowledge of a loving God carried me through.

When I traveled far from home, alone, afraid, and uncertain, God carried me, consoled me, and provided for me. Through godly intervention, I met friends, found a church ministering to patients in need of encouragement. God understood my fears.

Jesus Christ knows we are flesh, fearful, weak, alone, and lacking in understanding. Yet Jesus “became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14. He understands what I fear because He has suffered what I suffer. He came “in a physical body”, Colossians 1:22. He lived and died as a man, He understands what we suffer. And because He understands, we never have to be alone.

Whenever we face fear, doubt, uncertainty about the today or the future, we can crawl into the arms of Jesus and be safe. He understands our fears.

© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, September 30, 2016

Norma 2015About the author:

Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.

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  1. Thank you Norma for this beautiful illustration of how God comforts us and we should never be afraid.

    • You’re welcome, Marcie! We have such a loving Father!

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