Hebrews Two: I Can’t Relate…But He Can

Posted: June 20, 2012 in Hebrews

One of the more frustrating aspects of my role as a student pastor is my all-too-often inability to really relate to the problems that are faced by my students. I mean, sure. So I know what it’s like to battle against raging hormones, or to deal with rebellion against my parents. But I don’t know what it’s like to have so much misery trapped inside that I’m tempted to cut myself or inflict some other pain on myself as a release. I’ve never lived in a world where drugs offer me the best solution to my problems. I’ve never battled chronic anxiety, or self-image issues, or a number of the issues that undergird these things. As a result I’m not as empathetic as I’d like to be.

But Jesus is different. Near the end of Hebrews two we learn that Jesus “is able to help those who are being tempted, because he himself has suffered when tempted.” This reality is repeated two chapters later when we see that “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.Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).

It’s amazing to think that we can never think to ourselves, “God would never understand what I’m going through. He must hate me for my failures.” God does understand. Jesus battled everything we battle. He was tempted in every way that we are. Crazy, ain’t it? I mean, Jesus was tempted to think lustful thoughts. He was tempted to rebel against his Father. He was tempted to be selfish, to be proud, to be unmerciful, to be unloving. He faced every possible temptation that we ourselves fall to, but the difference is that he didn’t stumble. He didn’t sin. So while he is perfectly qualified to help us and to intercede for us, don’t forget that he’s also perfectly qualified to know what we’re going through. He’s been there, done that.

I might not be able to relate to your needs, but Jesus can. I might not be able to help you, but Jesus can. Will you trust him?

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