Hebrews 4:15-16 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are– yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (NIV)
Father Damien, a catholic missionary, went to one of the unreached groups of people in Hawaii who had leprosy. It was risky, the consequences were known to him, but he chose to go to serve those wonderful people of God. Sixteen years into his ministry with the lepers, he woke up one morning and while preparing to bathe, he accidentally put his foot in hot water. He got a blister on his skin but he did not feel the pain. The inevitable had happened: he was leprous. This, however, did not deter Father Damien from serving the people of on this Island. Five years later he died at the age of 49. He died like one of those he had gone to serve.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest. In the Old Testament, a High priest represented the people before God by offering sacrifices and interceding for their sins. Jesus as our High Priest offered a sacrifice for all our sins (past, present and future) by dying on the cross in our place. The Bible says that now He is seated at the right hand of God the Father and he intercedes for us. He is able to do that because he exactly knows how we feel.
Do you sometimes feel frustrated and feel like no one understands you? How many times have you felt alone in your struggles? Do you sometimes feel too tired to pray; he too was tired. Do you feel that no one likes you; he too had a good share of enemies. Do you find it hard to do the will of God; He too found it difficult. Jesus was like all of us in all ways, except for one thing: He NEVER sinned. He was tempted but He overcame the temptations. You see friends; all of us get tempted in many ways. Being tempted is not sin; we sin when we yield to the devil’s temptations.
As a child I used to like singing the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City” because of particularly the fourth stanza which goes like this:
For he is our childhood’s pattern,
day by day like us he grew;
he was little, weak and helpless,
tears and smiles like us he knew.
and he feeleth for our sadness
and he shareth in our gladness.
May we all be encouraged by knowing that no one understands better us like Jesus.