JOSEPH DAMIEN WAS a nineteenth-century missionary who ministered to people with leprosy on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Those suffering grew to love him and revered the sacrificial life he lived out before them. One morning before Damien was to lead daily worship, he was pouring some hot water into a cup when the water swirled out and fell onto his bare foot. It took him a moment to realize that he had not felt any sensation. Gripped by the sudden fear of what this could mean, he poured more hot water on the same spot. Again, there was no feeling whatsoever. Damien immediately knew what had happened. As he walked to deliver his sermon, no one at first noticed the difference in his opening line. He normally began every sermon with, “My fellow believers,” but this morning he began with… “My fellow lepers.”-Ravi Zacharias Damien could fully relate to the lepers because he became a, leper. He knew personally the struggles that they faced. He could actually feel their pain. Jesus was made like us and therefore understands the hurts we experience.
“Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”-Hebrews 2:17-18
House to House Volume 10, Number 2