John 19:28 – After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”

This small detail shows us that Jesus died as a human being . He felt every lash of the whip, every painful step, every stab of the nail. He did not get a pass out of his bodily suffering. And he did all of this so that we, as human beings, can be confident that he knows what it means to suffer in our bodies, as well. Today, reflect on the fellowship we have with Jesus through our suffering. He knows our pain. Every inch of it.

REFLECTION: Why are we so often tempted to imagine Jesus as far away from our everyday lives? What can we do to impress on our minds his sharing of our pain and suffering?

PRAYER: Father, I thank you today for a savior so intimately acquainted with what it means to be a human being. I put my trust in Jesus, knowing that my life, with all of its ups and downs, are not details he does not already know. May I go throughout my day with the comfort of not feeling alone. Amen.

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