HEBREWS 2:14-18: “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared the same humanity—so that through death He might break the power of the one who had the power of death (that is, the devil) and free those who by fear of death were in bondage all their lives. For surely He is not concerned about angels, but about the seed of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in all things, so He might become a merciful and faithful Kohen Gadol (High Priest) in matters relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when put to the test, He is able to help those being tested.” TLV
OBSERVATION: Does the Lord really understand what I am going through? How can a holy God really empathize with a broken sinner? The book of Hebrews gives us the answer. The living Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. As the writer of Hebrews put it,
- “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared the same humanity…”
Why did Jesus do this? If God knows everything, why did He have to humble himself and become a man? He did this for two very powerful reasons. The first was to break the power of the enemy who held man in the grips of death. The second was to fully empathize with us so that we could have the assurance that He understands, and so that we would have a High Priest who could represent us before the Father and atone for our sins with one perfect sacrifice – His sinless life!
The Old Covenant was a foreshadow of this promise. It never had the ability to break the power of the enemy. And it never had the ability to atone for sins. Each sacrifice was only a temporary covering of our sin that had to be repeated over and over again. The High Priest even had to make sacrifices for himself because he too was sinful. And even with all the sacrifices and the rituals of worship, men and women still died. The power of death still proved itself victorious over the affairs of man.
Jesus bridged this unbridgeable gap by becoming a man. He was truly God and man at the same time. Yet, He laid down all of His heavenly glory and power when He humbled Himself and entered this world as a baby. To be fully God did not mean Jesus was not only fully man. Jesus was just a human as we are, yet without sin. He suffered pain, disappointment, loneliness, and rejection. And on the cross He took upon Himself every sin and ounce of brokenness that all of mankind together had, or ever would experience.
Therefore, He is a merciful High Priest. He is both the perfect sacrifice for sin and the perfect mediator between God and man. There is no need to offer sacrifices for sin, as His death on the cross canceled the debt of our sin once and for all. There is no need to fear death and be held in the bondage of the enemy, for His resurrection forever broke the power of sin and death. And there is no need to feel alone, misunderstood, and forgotten, for He Himself understands every cry of our heart, every ounce of our pain, and every tear that we have shed.
Jesus really does understand everything we have faced or ever will face. As Paul writes in Romans,
- “What then shall we say in view of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? It is Messiah, who died, and moreover was raised, and is now at the right hand of God and who also intercedes for us.” Romans 8:31-34 TLV
Look at all that the Father offers us in Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ all the promises of God find their Yes and their Amen! In Jesus Christ every accusation of the enemy, and every bit of guilt and shame, is broken and laid to rest. In Jesus Christ we are fully pardoned and declared to be sons and daughters of the Most High God. And in Jesus Christ we have both a friend, a High Priest, and an advocate. He is always at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us! So no wonder Paul proclaims ,
- “…If God is for us, who can be against us!”
Lord, forgive me for the times I am tempted to think that You do not understand. Jesus, You have walked every step that I will ever take in my life. You have fully identified with every trial and struggle that I will ever battle. And You have provided the way of victory against all the power of the enemy, and most importantly against death! Lord, help me to walk in this blessed assurance today.
In Jesus Name!