Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I’m touched, once again, in reading the book of Hebrews, which reminds me that Jesus understands me completely. He knows me and understands my human frailty. Tears filled my eyes this morning as I read about our great High Priest, Jesus.
I particularly like the way J. B. Phillips rendered Hebrews 4:15, “For we have no superhuman High Priest to whom our weaknesses are unintelligible—He Himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that He never sinned.”
Whether we say it or not, we sometimes act as if God doesn’t know what it’s like for us. It’s easy for Him because He’s up there and doesn’t know what it’s like down here. That’s why this passage is so helpful to Christ followers. He lovingly and boldly announced that He knows me, and He knows you too.
He didn’t send an angel, ambassador, or emissary. He, Himself came.
He didn’t almost, partially, nearly share our human experience. No! He shared it entirely; our hurts, aches and pains, disappointments—no exceptions! He did it to be our sympathetic High Priest. And one more thing, unlike us, He did it perfectly, without sin.
I want to be more like Jesus, don’t you? It’s one of my goals for the New Year. To be like Jesus, that’s all I ask, to be like Him!
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16