June 24, 2010
Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be out merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:17-18 New LIving Translation
Just like you …?
The loneliest place in the world is “that” place in your heart where you think you’re all alone … no one understands … and no one seems to care. That “place” can become a prison of loneliness .. bitterness .. resentment .. and indifference. You can become so numb that you just quit hoping for anything good .. or believing that God is good. The truth is … you could never create or dream up someone like Jesus. SomeOne who can identify at the deepest level and intensity of your suffering and temptation. SomeOne who knows the full extent of your weaknesses. SomeOne who has faced everything you have ever faced and not given in or given up. This Jesus .. is the One who willingly put on your nine pounds of skin and knows firsthand what you are facing in your life. He knows and He can help. When you’re being tempted .. He knows how subtle that temptation makes you feel like you don’t have any choice –but — to give in and regret it later. He can help. He can not only help .. but He can give you (willingly and generously) the grace you need to face that temptation and to walk away from it. He’s was “made in every respect” … in every possible variation .. like you. You can come boldly to God because Jesus has gone boldly before you .. clearing away all the rubbish of your life .. all the sins that seek to entrap you and make you a prisoner. This same Jesus knows about every lonely pocket in your heart. He knows about every moment of suffering. He knows every weakness in your life. And still .. you’ll find all the grace you’ll need and want today because of Jesus. He takes on your weaknesses .. your struggles .. and your temptations. And He gives you the “help” you need. And now this help is on a throne … a throne of grace .. throne of mercy .. and throne of faithfulness. Why ..? Because Jesus became like you in “every respect” .. so … He knows what you are facing today and promises you help when you approach Him. It only takes a moment …
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:15-16 New Living Translation
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