For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
In order to understand this verse we must understand the significance of Jesus being our great high priest. A priest is someone who is ordained apart from the law and appointed from among men. Jesus through God became man in order to suffer death and serve as our high priest. When the Lord became man He was not just some Earthly King who lived a comfortable life. He was born of a manger, befriended sinners, and sought to meet the needs of the least of these. He not only saw people at their worst but He lived among people at their worst. This didn't make Him exempted from temptations and sin. Because He was man, he felt the same weaknesses and temptations, yet still lived a life without sin. Jesus has true compassion for us because He related to our struggles. Though, His victory from giving in to those temptations is why we can put out trust in Him.
jesus is personal
Jesus is personal. He was never intimidated by your struggles, sins, weaknesses, or fears. He is for you and there is no part of you that He doesn't know. No matter how big or small you believe your struggles are, what you go through matters to Him. You are not untouchable and you are not the exception. Jesus' purpose was to meet our needs, overcome our weaknesses, and transform us into more like Him. His compassion towards us is what should motivate you into trusting Him with every part of your life. Because He is relatable, because He is empathetic, and because He is victorious, putting your confidence in Jesus is what leads you towards holiness. With Him your past shall be redeemed and restored.
When you are worried about school, finances, relationships, or your future what is your first response? Sometimes we sit and dwell in our misery, but Jesus as your High Priest means that He was set apart for you to personally go to Him. When you feel hopeless in your sin, the best thing you can do for yourself is to invite Him in and allow His compassion to transform you. I challenge you to ask Jesus these questions: Who do I believe you to be and What do you have to say about my weaknesses? Whether that looks like writing it out in a journal or praying in your time alone with Jesus, listen and give Him a chance to speak to your struggles. His victory was meant for you too.
Jesus, thank you for all that you are. Lord I ask that you would protect me from my temptations, and meet my needs knowing that you know them better than I ever could. Above all I ask that you would make me more like you. Amen.
- Sarah C