For because He [Jesus] himself has suffered when tempted,
He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18
Why did Jesus take on flesh and blood? We have already looked at several reasons: that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery and to atone for our sins.
Today, we see another reason, so He can help us when we are being tempted. Hebrews 4:15, “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.“
Jesus not only faced the cross but He faced the living out of life on this side of glory as flesh and blood. In John 16:33 Jesus actually spoke it, “…In this world you will have trouble.” The Hebrew passage tells that Jesus dealt with trouble while walking this earth as well. When He was in the wilderness, He surely faced hunger, thirst, and weariness. We know that He stood outside of Jerusalem and wept. He turned over the tables in righteous anger and was grieved when Lazarus died. Jesus withdrew from it all to pray all night long. He knew the enemy was coming and despite knowing there would be victory, Jesus prayed because of a load that seem a little heavy. He did not want the fellowship with the Father to be broken but said nevertheless, Your will. Jesus was rejected by man, plotted against, beaten and spitted upon, mocked, hated. He endured illegal trials and was murdered. Yep! He knows life is not always pretty. Hebrews 4:15 states “in every respect, in every way, in all points (various translations), yet without sin. Jesus endured all these things and more Yet Never Sinned. Surely, He is our great High Priest and Sympathizer who knows and understands our every care. Sometimes we just need to know that someone relates to our problems. Jesus says, look no further. I understand and I am sympathetic
I hear Him speaking even now, “cast all your care upon Me, for I care for you (1 Peter 5:7).” “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”
I am so thankful that Jesus knows and understands what it is to be flesh and blood in a world that has been impacted by sin, wickedness runs rampant, and is ruled by the evil one who is constantly aiming His fiery darts. I am so thankful that this old world is not my home “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).” In the meantime, our loving, gracious, and merciful Savior promises “I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).”
May I share that I had planned to write this post a few days ago but the Lord kept giving me others as I believe today is the day that He desired to minister to my heart about the sorrow, pain, wounding in my heart this week. There are times in life that you want to say “you have no idea, walk one mile in these shoes.” As the Lord walked me through this post, I have heard Him say, I have “in every respect, in every way, in all points.” He has comforted my heart to know that He knows and NO weapon formed against His children shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against them in judgment shall be condemned. “This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17). I heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147.3). I AM your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.“
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32