Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:14-16)
Perhaps it is difficult to “feel” or appreciate that Jesus can understand what “I am going through”. After all, He is Lord, the Son of God, He did not sin. It is a mistake to think that someone cannot have compassion or empathy for me because they have not experienced what I have been through, or sinned like I have!
Jesus was tested like Adam and Eve in Eden. In the wilderness, He was hungry, He was thinking about what He had come to do, He was thinking about how He would accomplish it all. The enemy tried to influence Him away from God’s purposes – and failed.
Jesus knew real human experience though. He was, sometimes, hungry, thirsty, tired, distressed. He was also determined, content, faithful, compassionate. As we read about His life, we see HIm serving others and always having time for others. At the time of deepest distress, He was able to wash HIs disciples’ feet! In the Garden of Gethsemane He sought the companionship of HIs friends.
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (Mat 26:38)
In these difficult days, may we find grace to watch with Him and with each other.