Today’s devotional Scripture is Hebrews 2:17, "Therefore, in all things He [Jesus] had to be made like His brethren [us], that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation [atonement] for the sins of the people."
Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. When many of us read about the God-man in the Gospels, we often see the God and miss the man. When we read the Gospels, many of us are more prone to see His divinity than His humanity. We often see the Creator of heaven and earth, and miss the carpenter from Nazareth. When we miss the humanity of Christ, we miss a precious part of our Savior. We miss the one who can sympathize with our weaknesses. We miss the Christ whose compassionate and understanding heart meets our frailties, troubles, and temptations.
He took on a human body, a human mind, human emotions, and a human will. With a human body and a human mind come human emotions, a fact that meets us on every page of the Gospels. Our Lord Jesus did not move through the world detached from the griefs, sorrows, perplexities, and joys of those around Him. Christ has put on our feelings along with our flesh. When we forget our Savior’s humanity, we forfeit our Savior’s sympathy.
As we feel the burden of all that it means to be human, we have a Savior who can sympathize. We have one who was made like us in every way, “yet without sin” [Hebrews 4:15]. One who felt weariness down to the depths. One who was misunderstood, slandered, and deserted. One who endured immense suffering on the cross.
If we are in Christ, we have a Savior in heaven whose heart sympathizes. Come to His throne of grace. He will welcome you. He will empathize with you. He will conform you into the image of His perfect humanity.
"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 [with confidence in Christ] to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" [Hebrews 4:14-16].
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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