The Bible says Jesus is our High Priest. There are vast differences between our High Priest and the high priests of the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, for example, the high priest offered the blood of animals and the flesh of animals for the sins of the people (and for himself). In the New Testament, Jesus our High Priest offered His own blood and His own flesh on the cross for us.
When Jesus offered His blood and flesh on the cross for us, His role as our High Priest did not end. He is now our Advocate with the Father. And the Bible says, “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
There’s nothing commendable about the fact that Jesus did not sin if He could not be tempted. But the Bible says He was tempted, in all points, just as we are—“yet without sin.”
This is a relevant point because God’s will for each of us is to live a godly life. Though we are often tempted, He does not want us to yield to our temptations. He wants us to choose to obey Him at all times. Heretofore, only Jesus has successfully done that. He perfectly understands the challenge of living a godly life in an ungodly world. He can relate to our struggles because He has been there, done that. That’s why the Bible says He can be touched with our infirmities; that is, our weaknesses.
The person who is most effective in helping another person is the one who can relate to that person’s struggles from first hand experience. For example, I can’t minister to someone who is struggling with alcohol as effectively as a person who has been where that person is. I can give some godly counsel, and that will help. But having never been there, I can’t possibly understand the dynamics of such a daily struggle like a Christian who once experienced the same.
Similarly, because Jesus has perfectly modeled the Christian life on earth, He is well qualified to be our Advocate with the Father as we strive to live the Christian life. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” the Bible says (Hebrews 4:16). And where is the throne of grace? It is wherever we are, when we need heaven’s help.
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