Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For 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 4:14-16
“I can talk to you because I know you understand.” Perhaps someone has said that to you. They can tell you’ve lived the very thing from which they are suffering. With just a few words, you can comfort them. With just a nod, or a touch, you can bring connection to their isolation.
And what a greater gift Jesus gives! I may go confidently to Him when I want someone who perfectly understands. No, I don’t see His face or physically feel His hug or audibly hear His Words. I can feel so limited by that but getting older with Jesus has shown me that I’m seeking something superficial compared to what it is that He does give to me.
- He floods my soul with a peace that is felt at my center. No human does that.
- He makes promises He can, and will, keep. No human can do deliver that flawlessly.
- I have His full attention for as long as I need it. No human can give that.
- Finally, He understands what I’m going through in just the way I’m going through it.
Each of us experiences the same thing a little differently according to our history and our wiring. Because no two people are alike, empathy is imperfect. But with Jesus? He made us in His image ~ wired exactly as He is wired. He is a Type A and He is sensitive and intuitive. He’s a free spirit and He’s well ordered. He’s each one of us wrapped into One. When He says He is the perfect High Priest who sympathizes, He does not offer empty platitudes. He’s inside our skin; thinking, feeling, having been tempted as we are.
Oftentimes, someone tells me ~ “I know just what you’re going through.” But I’ve wondered, “Do you really have the same thoughts I’m having?” With Jesus, I know that there is deep, intuitive, and complete understanding. I will never hear, “I don’t know what your problem is!” He simply asks me to come if I’m heavy laden and He will give me rest. There are no qualifications for what I’m heavy laden with. It means anything and everything.
I used to run to You only when I’d exhausted people. Now, my spiritual legs take me as fast as they can to You. No hesitation. Oh, how You suffered to assure me You understand. Thank you. Amen