Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV) 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. 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. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Many of us have been heavily impacted by COVID 19 and are experiencing multiples kinds of stress. How we wish we could have a leader who can empathize with the challenges that we are facing at home or at work! But what if we don’t receive the support and empathy from our bosses or family members? Who can sustain us and how can we cope? The answer is to go to the throne of grace daily and as often as possible in a day.
Jesus is our great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, so He can empathize with every one of us because God came as a man after He had humbled and emptied Himself. Jesus had the same nature as us, and grew up as a child in the family of a carpenter. He was tempted, went through hardships and sufferings including persecutions and having to deal with difficult people like the Pharisees and the corrupted Chief Priests. Not only was He betrayed by His disciple, He was also rejected by His own people who asked for a murderer to be released instead of Him despite His innocence. He was subjected to the weakness of the physical body by being whipped 39 stripes and crucified on the cross. He went through emotional turmoil and trauma. Nonetheless, in spite of being wrongfully accused, He kept silent. As the High Priest, He represents all of us before God. Therefore, He is able fully empathize with every one of us when it comes to physical, mental, or emotional stress. He is also praying for us at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.
Although we may not have people who can empathize with us, we have an open invitation from God to approach Him whenever we have a need in our lives. What a privilege it is to have round-the-clock access to God who can give us grace, mercy, and wisdom to face the stress and challenges for the day! Therefore, let’s make the most of that invitation to fellowship with Him and draw strength from Him.
Sermon Series: Go to the Throne of Grace
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