In Hebrews 2:18, we saw that Jesus is able to help us when we’re tempted. Today’s verse tells us more about His help.
I find it encouraging that the Bible talks about temptation. If I didn’t have a Bible, I would think that I was a terrible Christian. But the scripture says temptation is real.
Temptation is real and temptation is hard to face. We struggle, we fight, we often fail. When we struggle and when we fail, the devil accuses us and we can live feeling far from God because we aren’t quite good enough.
Today’s verse says: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses…”
“For” – this is linked to verse 14. He is saying, you can keep trusting Jesus even when you are tempted (and even when you fall), for/because…
“…you do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise…” Jesus is God, Jesus is on the throne at the right hand of the Father. But you don’t need to think that He is so great that He doesn’t care or understand.
“…you do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses…” – “Sympathise” means “to suffer along with”. Jesus doesn’t just feel sorry for us, but He suffered temptation (just like we do) and so He knows, He feels for us, He comforts, He encourages, He carries us.
He is both so great and He is so good. He is so mighty and He is so compassionate.
He is not cold and distant and disappointed in your constant struggles. He is your “great High Priest whose name is love.”
Come to Him today.