Jesus is: Our High Priest
Consider the High Priest of our confession, Jesus Christ. He came as a man, yet never sinned. He was “like us”, but so different. It is this difference, the fact that “in Him there is no sin”, that allows Him to reach down and help us in our weaknesses. There is no one who offers more understanding and aid than He does!
Hebrews 2:17 “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God.” (ESV)
Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (ESV)
As our High Priest, Jesus is able to understand our weaknesses. He experienced hunger, thirst, tiredness, and pain during His time as a man on this Earth. Yet it isn’t only the physical weakness that Christ can sympathize with. He sympathizes with those enduring emotional weaknesses as well.
You may ask, “Does Jesus Christ really know how I feel?” “Can He truly relate to the sadness in my heart?” Jesus experienced sadness (Luke 19:41), loneliness (Matt 27:46), frustration (Mark 3:5), and even anger towards loved ones (Mark 10:14). Jesus was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He knows perfectly the feelings of being rejected and hated without cause.
Many of God’s children are pain and discomfort. When we are weak, physically or emotionally, we may feel like David when he wrote “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Yes, I would wander far away? I would lodge in the wilderness.” But instead we should heed God’s instruction and with “confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Go to God in prayer. He has provided access through His own Son. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you? He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
If you are in need, the Great High Priest is sympathetic and willing to supply abundant mercy and grace!