by Andrew Lewis
‘Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’
Ever felt alone?
Have you ever reflected on your current situation and felt that you were isolated, lonely and with anyone who truly understands you?
I think if we were all honest we would all say that we have been there, especially when it comes to our faith, living a faithful life is hard, challenging and at times without comfort or hope.
The writer of Hebrews, first of all, encourages all of us to hold firmly to the faith we profess; big or small we are challenged to hold firmly to that.
This is a wonderful encouragement but the second encouragement is event better. The author of this letter lets us know that the reason we can hold firmly to our faith is because we do not have a High Priest (one who represents us and atones on our behalf) who is unable to understand our situation.
Empathise is the word that is used. This means to understand or share the feelings of another, Jesus understands you and he shares the same feelings that you do. In fact Jesus has experienced the same temptations, situations and moments that we are currently experiencing in life and because of that he can empathise with us.
You are not alone.
You are not forgotten.
You are not isolated or destined to fail.
Jesus knows. Jesus understands. Jesus shares the same feelings. You and Jesus can rise above.
TODAY take time to thank Jesus, thank him for the fact that he is not a High Priest that is out of touch but that he is a High Priest who empathises with us; Jesus has been there before and he is here with you now.
Lord, we are grateful that you hear us, you know us and you have experienced all of this before. We praise you that you are here with us and that you are not detached from the struggles of a human life. Help us to feel you, sense you and experience you even when we feel lonely. Amen.
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