Pastor, Jesus Gets You

Dave Harvey | March 2, 2017

Last spring, during the message at our Good Friday service, I made a passing reference to a Hebrews passage that resonated deeply. It was one of those unforeseen moments when a Bible verse pierces the chaos of crazy-busy and taps the brakes so we can slow down and listen.

In Hebrews 4:15, the author writes, “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.” The high priest we have is Jesus Christ, relocated from heaven to become the sacrifice and the mediator for his people. But here we learn that this remarkable role carries a most unusual quality—particularly for those who assume “high priest” means rigidly religious, gigantically judgmental, or dangerously disconnected from real life.

Jesus, our high priest, is able to sympathize with our weakness.

Don’t rush past that sentence. It invites us to pause and ponder, like a gentle, fragrant breeze gliding across the front porch on a spring day. It tells us something about ourselves—an elusive reality that can be hard to see and difficult to admit. Jesus assumes we are weak.

Think about this…

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