One of the joys of Christian faith is the understanding that Christ has walked in your shoes. No, literally; He has walked in your shoes. For 33 years He was impacted by the same emotions, urges, desires that originate of the same various biological functions, physical circumstances, and human interactions.
So on the one hand, we can’t say to God “You’ve never experienced this, you don’t understand”, because He has experienced, in very real terms, the full range of a human existence through His unique Trinitarian bond with the Son.
But on the other hand, we are able to draw near to Him, and He to us, because of our shared life experience. To the young person battling with raging hormone levels, He says “been there”. To the older person pressing through physical pain to accomplish something, He says “done that”. To the person of any age striving to express true “agape” love to cold, heartless, definitively un-loving people, He says “I lived that ideal out continuously for all 33 years!
Therefore, Christ is our example of this truest sort of love - agape. It is a love that is heartfelt and emotional to the fullest; but it is equally intellectual and determinative.
Consider this anecdote from the well known preacher Ravi Zacharias:
I thought to myself, Oh my! You know, this is faith. Maybe it is even less than that. This is credulity! I began to get really concerned, so before my brother left for Bombay, I mustered up the courage to caution him. I said, “I don’t want to challenge anything you’re doing, but I do have a brief question. What are you going to do when you arrive in Bombay, come down the Jetway and see a young woman standing there with a garland in her hand, and say to yourself, Good grief! I hope that’s not her. I hope that’s somebody else!
My brother just stared at me. He said, “Are you through?” I told him that for the moment I was just awaiting his answer. Then he said something that was absolutely defining for him: “Write this down, and don’t ever forget it:
In Christ though, we see agape love, a love rooted in not only a passion for the beloved, but also a willful determination to forge a way for the beloved to dwell with Him, and He with them.
Which brings us back to the glorious gift of the Father giving us Himself, in a sense, in human form. Many preachers make the mistake of over-anthropomorphizing the God who far transcends all creation. There is much of God that has no human or earthly counterpart; i.e.- the full glory of the Trinity. But He did give us His Son, and He dwelt fully as a man for those 33 years. He has “been there, done that, and lived that” when it comes to the whole left brain, right brain kind of love. He literally knows what it is like to battle through the same biological, physical, and people issues, that we also battle with.
And praise God, He is there, in the moment, to likewise help us.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For 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. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.