The wonder of the incarnation is that Jesus lives human emotion.
We cry out to a God who doesn’t just know how we feel in our heights and depths.
God has felt how we feel in our heights and depths.
Hebrews 4:14-15 tells us that we have a great High Priest, Jesus, who sympathises with our weakness and gets our suffering, and “who in every respect has been tempted as we are.” That’s the amazing reality of God’s identification with us. It’s not just that God knows laughter and lament, he has come and actually shared in our laughter and lament. The incarnation of God in Christ is in itself an incredible occurrence, but when one considers that God has suffered and cried just as we suffer and cry, was lonely and afraid just as we are lonely and afraid, suffered the loss of those he loved just as we suffer the loss of those we love, questioned the dark just as we question the dark, and struggled just as we struggle, it’s so unbelievable that we can hardly comprehend it.
Steve Brown, Laughter And Lament, New Growth Press, 2022, pg. 15.