Thursday, November 03, 2005

Somebody knows the troubles I've seen...

I don't know if you've ever had a boss who could really care less about you.
A real hard nose. You're sick, you need a day off and he's like, too bad.
You aren't making enough money, your family is in a desperate condition, you go to him to talk about a raise, and he does the whole fake violin thing - so sad.
"Look, a tear."
It's good to know Jesus isn't like that.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses.
I'm not sure how that all works out, but we have a high priest who hurts when we hurt, who sympathizes with us, who is concerned when we are in trouble, who wants to help us with our trouble, and who is emotionally moved by our troubles.
One reason I'm confident Jesus is like that is because of the fact that he, "in every respect has been tempted as we are..."
Every respect...
He had people back-bite him.
He had people lie about him.
He had people laugh at him.
He's been poor.
He's been hungry.
He's been abandoned by the people he loved.
He's been victimized.
He's been placed in frightening situations.
He's had people in authority ignore him.
He had his own family misunderstand him.
He had religious people attack him.
He had friends feel like he let them down.
He's been harrassed and vexed by Satan.
He knows what it is like to be humiliated.
When you place your trust in Jesus you are placing your trust in the most glorious, most powerful, most beautiful, most important person who ever existed. He is high, high, high, high above everyone else. And yet at the same time you are placing your trust in someone who knows what it is like to be you. He knows the troubles we've seen, what's more He cares and what's even better, He's able to help us in our time of need.
Jesus is truly our great high priest!

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