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To get us started today, I would like to tell you about a girl named Sonya. Sonya was about your age, and she played on a neighborhood soccer team each summer. In May, the days were cool. Her team played hard, and although the coach encouraged everyone to drink lots of water, Sonya always came home a little thirsty. By July, the sun beat down, hot, hot, hot! Sonya’s team made it to the playoffs. They played their hardest. Do you suppose Sonya drank lots of water at the matches? Yes, she did. Do you suppose Sonya was thirsty when she got home? I think so, too!
Have you ever been very, very thirsty like Sonya? (Allow one or two volunteers to share.) We know how Sonya felt, because most of us have been very, very thirsty at one time or another. If we have never been very, very thirsty, we could guess what that might be like. We could pretend to be thirsty. But we would not really know.
Does Jesus know what it is like to be thirsty? Yes, he does. That may seem strange, because we know that Jesus is truly God. But as Jesus hung on the cross, he said, “I am thirsty” (John 19:28). Jesus had been hanging in the hot sun for hours. He had been beaten. He was hurt terribly! Jesus is true God, but he is also really a human being—just like us. So Jesus was not guessing or pretending. He was really and truly thirsty.
Jesus knows even more. He knows how it feels to be tired. He knows how it feels when friends abandon you. He knows how it feels to be tempted to lie or get even or be selfish or disobey. Jesus is not just guessing or pretending. He’s really and truly experienced those things.
That means when we need help, we can tell Jesus, and he will really, truly understand. He will know how to really, truly help! The Bible says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). That’s a great promise!
We know this promise is true because Jesus’ love is real love. Listen! This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:10).
Let’s pray about that: Dear Jesus, when we are sad or tempted or worried, remind us we can talk to you. You will really, truly understand. You will really, truly help. Thanks, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.