A Sympathetic Savior
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
If you think back to our Christmas series in John 1, we took our time with beholding the incarnation. I’m still drawn to that vision, trying to wrap my mind around as much of Christ’s coming as possible. The incarnation, God becoming a child, is the most profound mystery of all the mysteries in the universe as far as I’m concerned. The idea that the omnipotent God would willingly share in our lowly estate is difficult to fathom, and yet the implications of this are many.
One implication we see in Hebrews 4:15 is that, contrary to what we may want to believe, Jesus is so much like us that He faced everything we face--temptations, frustrations and struggles. The only limitation that the Bible places on Jesus’ humanity is that He did not sin. That means, if you want to know what Jesus felt, consider your own feelings, temptations and frustrations. In all honesty, the Bible informs us that Jesus’ struggles were most severe.
Also consider the simple implication of what it means for Jesus, the Son of God, to come within the context of a family. Jesus faced the same struggles we face. He was not only challenged by those who were against Him as an adult, but he also faced challenges within His family who raised Him and loved Him first. For all of the ways God could have come to this earth as a human, He chose to come in the most humble of normal ways. Even though we cannot know what the early and formative years of Jesus’ life was exactly like, we can embrace the natural conclusion that He grew up in a home with a mom and dad. And siblings! Jesus experienced the same challenges and disappointments, as well as the same celebrations that we experience in the context of family. What a divine validation of the institution that God began in the garden by sending His Son to join one!
We truly do, even in the most basic of ways, place our faith in a Creator who did not come to this world on a fact-finding mission about what was here, but to show us from heaven’s perspective the way we were designed to both live and experience life. He fully entered our context. What a sympathetic savior!!