Man was not created to be alone. There are far reaching implications of this truth, both for good and bad. Even times of joy may be followed by emptiness when what is being enjoyed or experienced cannot be shared with someone else. Similarly, in times of trouble make us desperate when what we suffer cannot be shared with another person who can understand or empathize. God has not given us the luxury to look him in the face and tell him, “You don’t understand. You don’t know!” In times of suffering, our desire to be rescued from our pain is sometimes matched by our desire to be isolated in our suffering, to feel an odd sense of superiority in being the only one who can understand what is happening and what we are feeling. When we indulge in our suffering, knowing that no one can understand our suffering allows us to avoid healing and rescue, leaving us self-obsessed in our pain, which belongs only to us, and self-satisfied in knowing that only we can understand ourselves.
But God has not allowed us the luxury of wallowing in our misery and claiming exclusive right to our suffering. The beauty and glory of God being truly Emmanuel is that, despite his majesty and authority, in order to bridge the gap between his creation and himself, he lowered himself so that man would never have be able to claim a sense of advantage or authority over him. It was in his submission to man’s authority, the authority of the life and death of man, that he sought to firmly establish his everlasting authority over it. It was in his submission, in lowering himself physically to wash the feet of sinful man, that he ultimately brought all of his creation under his own feet. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ there is absolutely nothing that we can claim to possess that Christ has not already possessed. There is nothing that we can claim to have experienced that he has not already experienced to a much higher degree than we have. There remains nothing that can separate us from the life and love of Jesus Christ.
This truth was not established to remove our excuses. This truth was established so that in times of joy and in times of suffering we would always know that the God that presides and reigns over all of creation is a God who is with us, in everything. He gives us permanent and everlasting fellowship in both our joy and suffering. He suffered, not so that we would never have to, but so that we could come to the realization that this world we live in has been overcome by his suffering and salvation, and we can live in this world being slowly transformed into a new creation, with hope in the life to come. God does not demand that we come to him and exemplify his perfection. God came to us. He came to us taking the form of man, bearing man’s sin and imperfections, so that we could need nothing else except for the truth of himself and his Gospel.