The passages set down for our Faithful Daily Read today are Proverbs 1:20-30 and Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10. I am going to focus on the Hebrews passage. This is a marvellous description of Jesus as being our “High Priest”. An understanding of this has vast implications for our Christian lives. With Jesus as our High Priest, we can approach God’s throne with confidence. This High Priest is not removed from us…He “has gone through the heavens….for we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” (vs14-15).
That is what the writer tells us about Jesus. In His humanity Christ experienced every kind of temptation – every vulnerability of mankind. He felt the pain of rejection, the pangs of hunger, the hostility of crowds, the fear of His coming death and separation from God His Father. It is because He knows exactly how painful it is to be a human being, He is able to “sympathise with our weaknesses” (v.15)
Try to think about this the next time you are hurting. Remember, the man, Jesus completely understands. Then we can come to God’s throne and find grace and mercy in abundance.
In Chapter 5 verses 1 to 10 the writer of Hebrews continues to develop the theme of Jesus’ humanity, to show how it relates to His priesthood.
No angel could serve as high priest, because no angel could understand our weaknesses (he had to be “selected from among men”v.1). He had to “deal gently with this who are ignorant and are going astray” (v.2). It takes a human being, aware of human weaknesses, to be sensitive to human needs and so represent us before God.
How good is this? Jesus knows exactly what we are going through because he has experienced it. Jesus has resisted every temptation and experienced our weakness to the full.
Jesus understands, He does not condemn, but rather He saves and continues to care for us.
Isn’t that fantastic?
Have a great day,