A High Priest
(Hebrews 4:14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
(Hebrews 4:15) For 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 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)
This familiar passage of Scripture is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible. Not only is it evidence of the deity of Christ, it is evidence of His Love for all Christians, and that He indeed took the penalty for our sins on the Cross. In verse 14, the Bible says that “seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” Basically, the Bible is saying that we need to keep a consistent Christian testimony. We need to stay out of sin as much as possible. We need to be filled with the Spirit everyday. You might be asking? How do I become filled with the Spirit? That’s an easy one: Pray, Read, Study, Apply. You need to pray and ask God to fill you with His Spirit (you already have the Holy Ghost once you’re saved, but we are commanded to be filled wit the Spirit). You need to get off the hellevision and READ YOUR BIBLE, where you can find out God’s will for your day and perhaps the rest of your life. You need to STUDY GOD’S WORD; eat it up; meditate on it; soak it up like a sponge. The Word of God is not just meant to be read, it is meant to be eaten voraciously, because it is God’s love letter to us. Finally, apply it to your daily life. Live like a Christian. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
In verses 15 and 16, the Bible re-assures us that even when we do slip up, “we have a friend in Jesus” who is faithful and just to forgive us for our sins. “For 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.” Some modern perversions of the Bible have changed this to: “For we have not a high priest who cannot empathize with our weaknesses…” Jesus doesn’t empathize with us, he is touched by the feeling of our infirmities. He is touched. And why is he touched? Because he experienced the same temptations you and me experience, yet, he remained without sin. That’s something to meditate on and think about. As Christians, we have a God that has experienced every single temptation we can possibly imagine on this Earth. Therefore, Jesus is touched by the feeling of our infirmities. He is touched, my friend, he is touched.
Verse 16 goes on to say, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Since we know that Jesus has experienced every temptation that we could possibly go through, we don’t have to feel ashamed when we come to Him to ask for deliverance out of a temptation or forgiveness for submitting to a temptation. We can come boldly to the throne of grace, because “he giveth more grace.” (James 4:6) At the throne of grace, we can obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. How wonderful is that? Be blessed my friends.