This text is a part of the Mild and Lowly: A 14-Day Devotional sequence.
For we shouldn’t have a excessive priest who’s unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, however one who in each respect has been tempted as we’re, but with out sin. Allow us to then with confidence draw close to to the throne of grace, that we could obtain mercy and discover grace to assist in time of want.Hebrews 4:1516
All our pure intuitions inform us that Jesus is with us, on our aspect, current and serving to, when life goes properly. This textual content says the alternative. It’s in our weaknesses that Jesus sympathizes with us. The phrase for sympathize here’s a compound phrase fashioned from the prefix which means with (like our English prefix co-) joined with the verb to undergo.
The phrase sympathize right here isn’t cool and indifferent pity. It’s a depth of felt solidarity similar to is echoed in our personal lives most carefully solely as mother and father to youngsters. Certainly, it’s deeper even than that. In our ache, Jesus is pained; in our struggling, he feels the struggling as his personal although it isntnot that his invincible divinity is threatened, however within the sense that his coronary heart is feelingly drawn into our misery.
Dane C. Ortlund
How does Jesus really feel about his individuals amid all their sins and failures? This ebook takes readers into the depths of Christs very hearta coronary heart of tender love drawn to sinners and victims.
His human nature engages our troubles comprehensively. His is a love that can’t be held again when he sees his individuals in ache.
The author to the Hebrews is taking us by the hand and main us deep into the guts of Christ, exhibiting us the unrestrained withness of Jesus relating to his individuals. The rationale that Jesus is in such shut solidarity with us is that the tough path we’re on isn’t distinctive to us.
He has journeyed on it himself. It’s not solely that Jesus can relieve us from our troubles, like a physician prescribing medication; additionally it is that, earlier than any aid comes, he’s with us in our troubles, like a physician who has endured the identical illness.
Contemplate your personal life. When the connection goes bitter, when the sentiments of futility come flooding in, when it appears like life is passing us by, when it appears that evidently our one shot at significance has slipped by our fingers, after we cant kind out our feelings, when the longtime pal lets us down, when a member of the family betrays us, after we really feel deeply misunderstood, after we are laughed at by the impressivein brief, when the fallenness of the world closes in on us and makes us wish to throw within the towelthere, proper there, we now have a Good friend who is aware of precisely what such testing appears like, and sits near us, embraces us.
With us. Solidarity.
Our tendency is to really feel intuitively that the harder life will get, the extra alone we’re. As we sink additional into ache, we sink additional into felt isolation. The Bible corrects us. Our ache by no means outstrips what he himself shares in. We’re by no means alone. That sorrow that feels so isolating, so distinctive, was endured by him up to now and is now shouldered by him within the current.
However what about our sins? Ought to we be discouraged that Jesus cant be in solidarity with us in that the majority piercing of pains, the guilt and disgrace of our sin? No, for 2 causes.
Our sinless excessive priest isn’t one who wants rescue however who supplies it.
One is that Jesuss sinlessness implies that he is aware of temptation higher than we ourselves do. C. S. Lewis made this level by talking of a person strolling towards the wind. As soon as the wind of temptation will get sturdy sufficient, the person lies down, giving inand thus not figuring out what it could have been like ten minutes later.
Jesus by no means lay down; he endured all our temptations and testings with out ever giving in. He subsequently is aware of the energy of temptation higher than any of us. Solely he actually is aware of the associated fee.
The second purpose is that our solely hope is that the one who shares in all our ache shares in it because the pure and holy one. Our sinless excessive priest isn’t one who wants rescue however who supplies it. This is the reason we are able to go to him to obtain mercy and discover grace (Heb. 4:16). He himself isn’t trapped within the gap of sin with us; he alone can pull us out.
His sinlessness is our salvation.