The Deepest Empathy
Hebrews is a great part of scripture. It tells of how everything we could ever want or need is found in Christ. He is not just love in theory. He is love in practice.
In chapter 4, there is this beautiful little phrase - Jesus is able to empathise with our weakness.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
- Hebrews 4:14-16
When we feel weak or tempted, God does not just feel sorry for us from afar. No - so much more than that. He knows how we feel! How? Because Christ entered the world. He took on our humanity and experienced what we experience every day. And yet, he remained without blemish.
God is not distant. He has come near. And even though Christ is the great high priest - with such authority and power, he came to us and felt the pain that we feel.
When we feel weak, when we feel tempted, when we feel full of sorrow, know that we have a God who knows exactly how we feel. He chose to go through it himself and he came out the other side. And so, as the author of Hebrews tells us, let us approach God's throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we will receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.