Hebrews 4:14–16 (ESV)
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Since then
we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we
are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
A couple of days ago, I wrote about Jesus has experienced
our problems. We can not claim that he does not understand. Today’s reading states that he [Jesus] is our high priest and he has been here, done that, and got the t-shirt. It states “15 For we do not have a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” The big difference between us and Jesus (well there are a lot of differences), but one of the big differences hinges on the last
three words of verse 15: “yet without sin.” Jesus experienced our temptations and was without sin. No man can ever claim that. Jesus was 100% man, but he was also 100% God. It is Jesus who is our high priest and he has grace
and mercy on us. We draw strength and comfort from him in good times and in times of struggles.
I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and I want to do better. Forgive me and restore
me. Help me to continue to swim in my baptism until I die, or you return in the Second Coming. Thank you for giving me faith, forgiveness, eternal life, and salvation. Amen.