Jesus. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Savior of the World. The Messiah.
Could the Son of God truly sympathize with me? Did he really have the same struggles that I have today? Hebrews 4:15 says it is so. But to what degree? What are some examples of how Jesus knows exactly how you feel? Off the top of my head, here are few…
- Fatigue – Jesus’ ministry schedule was pretty packed (3 years to start a revolution) – he understands the fatigue of young mothers with little sleep, he understands the student after a long work week, and he understands the elderly weary from battling their health
- Health – would be naïve to think Jesus didn’t go through flu season, have a cold, or a headache from all the hammering in his father’s shop
- Physical pain – Sure there was the indescribable pain on the cross, but what about growing pains, hitting his thumb with a hammer or falling down on his 1st camel ride
- Temptations – Jesus was at times treated like a rock star (not what He intended). But as the crowds grew, I’m sure there were women who desired his power, businessmen who say $ signs, and an enemy who would tempt him in every possible way. You think your temptations are intense – how hard do you think Satan tried with Jesus who held the keys to his eternal future in the lake of fire.
- Job Demotion – Wait, when was this? Hello? From heaven, to take a form of a servant…talk about a job loss! Still 100% God, but took the form of man.
- Financial struggle – Jesus was rarely home in his ministry days, often did not have much financially as he traveled, and his treasurer skimming off the top of his ministry funds!
- Sorrow – He wept over his friend Lazarus. Had to be alone when he heard of John the Baptist’s execution. And several times recorded his cries over the city of Jerusalem.
I’m sure there is more. But you get the idea. Christ is not just our Savior, he is our sympathetic high priest who was tempted in every way we were, suffered every possible ailment we experience…yet He did not sin. Yet, He does not fail to give us sympathy in our struggles. No, we have a high priest that cares, suffers with us, and even intercedes on our behalf. Oh, what a Savior!
Listen to the entire sermon here – http://mbconline.org/sermons/current-year – 2/25/18 Sermon