Been There…Not Done That
I want to spend one more day in Hebrews 4. Usually when we say, “been there, done that” we mean that something difficult has happened and we’ve done that also. We’ve been there and can empathize. The book of Hebrews is an apologetic for why Jesus is so much better than the traditional Jewish elements of worship. In the Jewish faith, the high priest was the “highest” religious official; yet the high priest was a man just like everyone else. But Jesus is not like everyone else. In the following paragraph Jesus is compared to the high priest: 14 Seeing then that 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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Think about that for a second…or two…or 1,000…Jesus, in His humanity was tempted in every way like we are tempted…greed, envy, lust, jealousy, pride…and yet He never sinned. The high priest was a man who sinned, but not Jesus. And if the high priest was chosen by God to be a mediator between God and men, how much more effective is that relationship with someone like Jesus who is perfect?
We can take our requests and concerns to Jesus. We can trust in His perfection as our atonement for sin. We need not fear that He doesn’t understand our problems and pains. He does. He has endured them; even to a greater extent than we have ever felt them. And He has grace for us. We can go “boldly” before Him to receive the help we need. Please don’t underestimate the “value” of Jesus in your life. He may not have “done” what you and I have done, but He’s fully faced the temptation of it.