Hebrews 4: 14 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. 15 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. 16 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.
The high priest in the Old Testament was the go-between between God and man. He represented God to the people and he brought prayers and sacrifices to God for the people. The high priest in the Old Testament was a shadow of what Christ came to be for us. What a perfect high priest we have!
First, because he is God, there is no one who could represent God to us better than Jesus. Jesus puts a face of mercy on God that enables us to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence in our time of need. Second, because Jesus was tempted in every way as we are tempted, he can empathize with us. To sympathize means to feel sorry for. To empathize means to know how you feel. It means to walk in someone’s shoes. Jesus did that. He walked in your shoes his whole life, and he knows how difficult temptation can be.
So when you are tempted, don’t just struggle with the same outcome you’ve always had. Go to Jesus. Pray to Jesus. Take your case before the throne of God and find grace to help you in your time of need. In fact, do that right now with the temptations you struggle with the most. Prayer: Thank you, when I am tempted, Satan wants me to think that I am alone. But I am not. You are always with me. You are my strength and my shield. Help me today as I face the temptations in my life, big and small. Amen.