”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.” Hebrews 4:15
During a political campaign, not only does a candidate try to convince voters that they have the experience for the job, they also try to show that they understand voters’ concerns. Citizens want to elect representatives who understand the issues they face daily and can therefore make those challenges known to the government.
The same must be true of the one who represents us to God Almighty. Our representative is Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The relationship Jehovah God established with Israel involved a priest who represented the people and pleaded their case. In Jesus’ day, the High Priest was the chief religious authority. Yet He was often set apart, inaccessible and unfamiliar with their daily lives and struggles.
But Jesus walked among us, fully God and fully man. He got thirsty and hungry. He had family and friends. He was loved and He was betrayed. He was tempted just like we are, but He never gave in. When Jesus went to Heaven after His resurrection, He became our High Priest, pleading our case to the highest authority, God the Father. What a perfect representative Jesus makes!
Because we have such a perfect representative, we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Lord, I am so thankful for a representative who understands my challenges. In the name of Jesus, my High Priest, forgive me of my sin and hear my requests. Amen.
Today, tell God an issue you have been hesitant to talk to Him about. With new confidence in the grace and understanding of Jesus, ask Him for what you need.
By Debbie West
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