Just Like Us
When “outsiders” or “others” experience what we do, they become one of us. My family went to a mineral spa/pool last week here in Saskatchewan, Canada. We engaged the lifeguard in conversation. He was an immigrant from the Caribbean. He moved here 4 years ago for work. Although his accent and features betrayed his origins, because he has endured our brutally cold winters I can unreservedly accept him as “one of us”. (Says the guy who has only lived here 3 years! LOL) The point being, when we find someone has experienced the same thing as us, we are able to minimize our differences and instead focus on our commonalities.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that this same thing is true about Jesus. Heb.4:15-“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.” Jesus FULLY participated in our human experience. The writer of Hebrews makes this clear with the phrase “in every way”. God incarnate-Jesus-not only became human, but experienced all that we do. He wasn’t raised in privilege and isolated from pain and trial. He could still have been the “Lamb of God” that takes away the sins of the world but not have been “one of us”. But then he would not have been able to be a compassionate high priest. But since he was tempted in every way, just as we are, he can be compassionate towards us.
What are the implications of Jesus being able to relate to us? Hebrews 4:16 gives us the answer: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Just like I can speak with confidence with the lifeguard at the spa about the challenges of a Saskatchewan winter, so I can go to Jesus with any problems I have because I know he can empathize with me. What a joy it is to have a confidence that I will be heard. Are you living with that certainty and expectation that is yours in the Lord through covenant? Don’t suffer alone and with no hope. Don’t miss out on all that is available to you!