“I Feel Your Pain”

Hebrews 4:15-20 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

In this meditation I draw on this passage from the book of Hebrews.  I put special emphasis on the word sympathize that it uses to describe Jesus state of being as a man.  Jesus doesn’t merely emphasize with us, He enters into it with us (sympathizes).

Looking at Jesus through the lens of Hebrews 4:15-20 I raise the question, “Could Jesus have lost His battle with Satan in the wilderness?”, not as an academic question of interest, but in order that we not dismiss the comfort of knowing that Jesus relates to us and our demons at a genuine level of human experience.  He knows our sorrows because He experienced them first hand and He offers spiritual resources to win the battle with our demons, just as He did with His.

The meditation comes in two parts.  Please click on the links below.

Author: universalsalvationhopeorheresy

Resident pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ingleside, Illinois.

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