I’m making a slow march through Hebrews — every chapter is so rich that it is hard to choose just one or two things to blog about. But in these last verses of Hebrews 4 we are told that our high priest, Jesus Christ the Son of God, is able to relate to our humanness. And I’m so thankful for that, aren’t you? Although Jesus never sinned, He was tempted. Jesus’ life wasn’t easy either. He suffered — shedding tears for friends and sweating blood in utter despair. And of course there was the brutality of the cross itself. Through it all He was God, but He was also man. He was misunderstood, misrepresented, and maligned. And He didn’t deserve any of it. So Jesus isn’t our burden-carrying automaton, He’s a compassionate lover of our souls. He’s waiting to comfort us and relate to us, saying in essence, “me too, friend, me too.”
Jesus’ humanity was a very present comfort to me today, because today I was misunderstood. Although Jesus wouldn’t have said what I said (His message was always pure), and although Jesus never had anything to regret (like I do), He was misunderstood. He understands my weird and helpless feeling of not being able to straighten out the message sent and the message received. He’s lived it, more purely than I have and at a much more intimate level. Jesus’ own disciples, his closest friends, misunderstood Him. They had a tough time getting it right, and yet Jesus was ever-patient, ever-loving.
I am so thankful that Jesus loves me, that He understands me, that even though He knows how impure my heart is, He loves me anyway. I am so thankful that in my sorrow He is there, that in my temptation He is there, that He is full of compassion and sympathy.
Chapter 4 closes with these words: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
I am so thankful that in big things and small I can go to Jesus and receive mercy and find grace. Are you in a time of need? Is there some burden you should take to Him today?