TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
Hebrews 4:15 ESV
CLING TO HIS HEART
A middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God, she asked “Is my time up?” God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.” Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God, she asked, “I thought you said I had another 40 years?” God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”
This week we are looking at those unshakable characteristics of Jesus that give us the assurance we can cling to Him. One of those characteristics is His heart. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” Sympathy is the power or the ability to feel what someone else feels. Because Jesus came and clothed Himself in humanity he was able to feel what we feel in moments of weakness. The weaknesses in this passage refer specifically to moral temptation. When we tell Jesus that doing the right thing is hard sometimes, He gets it.
Jesus has a heart of compassion for our struggles. We can assume that the religious leaders of the day had an arrogance or piety about them and the average person didn’t feel like a “holy man” could relate to everyday struggles. The author of Hebrews says Jesus is the greatest high priest because He completely knows the full weight of sin and temptation. And because He loves us He came to earth to do something about it. Share with Jesus where you feel weakest morally, spiritually, emotionally or mentally. Thank Him for His sympathy. Thank Him for coming to heal us and ultimately deliver us from the pain and penalty of sin.