Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Why Did Jesus Come In The Flesh-To Sympathize With Us In Our Weakness

Many people think it was a walk in the park for Jesus to dwell among us because He was the Son of God. I would not say that because he was not only divine, he was also human. Jesus got hungry. Jesus got thirsty. Jesus even slept. Jesus also dealt with puberty. I remember tell my teens at church that Jesus was the perfect Son of God who went through jacked up hormones like you do.

Hebrews calls Jesus our Great High Priest because "every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people...In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (Hebrews 5:1-3, 7-9).

The High Priest understand human weaknesses because he is human. Jesus is the Great High Priest because He never sinned. He did not have to offer sacrifices for himself, He offered Himself to be our sacrifice. What is amazing is when we are tempted just as Jesus was, he is able to sympathize with us:

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. 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 (Hebrews 4:15-16)

A lot of Christians think Jesus will never understand what we are going through. The truth is Jesus does understand. I believe Jesus suffered more in the flesh than any other person in history because He was a man of two natures, divine and human. We can come to Jesus with our temptations and sin. We come to Jesus when are tired and even lonely. He knows how being human is tough because he left the glories of heaven where he did not to deal with temptation and came down and dealt with it. Jesus sympathizes with us in our weaknesses.

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