Our High Priest Understands

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Watering the Tulips

02/15/2012

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 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 4:14-16

The passage before us contains some of the sweetest words in all of the Scriptures. Several things need to be pointed out for us to really appreciate these words. First of all, we do not have to approach God today through any person. We needn’t go through a priest, or a pastor, or any other person. Our great High Priest is the Lord Jesus Christ. In prayer, we can approach God through Him from anywhere at any time of the day. We ought to daily thank God for this great privilege.
More than that, though; our great High Priest understands the problems of life. Jesus willingly subjected Himself to the trials of life when He came as God in the Flesh. Life affected Jesus. He was hungry. He was thirsty. He was tired at times. He was angry (righteously, of course). He was sorrowful. He wept. Jesus didn’t come as some sort of man who was unaffected by life and His surroundings. He was made “a little lower than the angels” when He came (Hebrews 2:7). As we have already said, He willingly subjected Himself to the trials of life when He came as God in the Flesh.
One of the clearest examples of how life affected Jesus concerns the death of John the Baptist. Of course, John was murdered by Herod. Matthew 14:13 says, “When Jesus heart it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself.” Jesus and John were close. They were cousins whose age was separated by only 3 months. Surely, John prepared the way for Jesus and His ministry. Humanly speaking, they had a special relationship. When Jesus heard of the news of the death of John, He felt the need to be alone. Surely, He understands our trials! He understands our sorrows!
Did Jesus understand that John was saved and with the Lord the moment he was murdered? Of course He did. Did Jesus know that the angels in heaven rejoice when a child of God passes away? Absolutely! Did Jesus know that God sees the death of His children as precious? Without doubt, He did know all of that! But in His humanity, He sorrowed over the death of John. This is one of the most blessed truths in the entire Bible in light of our text passage. Jesus can sympathize with anything you are going through. Be confident of that when you go to the Lord in prayer!
Child of God, perhaps you’ve never considered the humanity of Jesus before. Surely, we’d never want to diminish the importance of His deity – He was God in the Flesh. Yet, He came as a man. He suffered as a man. Even today, “there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Thank Him today that He understands your problems!


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