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August 7, 2020, 10:57 AM

God Is Able to Sympathize With Us

Hebrews 4:14-16  Therefore, since 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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The word sympathy means to have pity on someone's misfortune or to feel sorry for them.  It can also mean to identify with them, to share a common feeling, or to have an understanding of their plight.  Our Scriptures for today begin with a reality and an exhortation.  Jesus is our great hight priest, therefore, we should hold fast to our confession.  We should keep our eyes on Jesus.  We should keep on keeping on.  We should be faithful to Him.  We should not allow the things or people of this world to distract us from exalting Jesus.  Verse 15 teaches that Jesus sympathizes with our weakness.  He knows the pressure of temptation.  He experienced temptation but did not sin.  He who knew no sin was constantly hounded by sin.  Verse 16 reveals that since Jesus understands we should draw near to Him.  We should come boldly into the presence of God so that we may receive grace and mercy.  Do you come boldly into God's presence?