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“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” Hebrews 3:1.

Nothing is more inspiring than to consider Jesus. You doubtless have considered him as the Savior of mankind, as the only Son of the Father, as the Lord from heaven, as the blessed and only Potentate, as the King of kings and Lord of lords. That is inspiring to contemplate and encouraging to “meditate upon”, but have you ever considered him as a man? In this there is a tender sweetness and a balm of encouragement found in no other consideration of Jesus. “For we have not an high priest which can not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 “Touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” “Tempted in all points like as we are.” How encouraging to realize when passing through the darkest trials and discouragements that Jesus has been tempted in the same way and then to think that his great loving heart is touched with the feeling of our infirmities!

“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:16-18 O merciful and faithful high priest, how great thy love for thy brethren! Note here these three points: First, Jesus is merciful; he is touched with your suffering. Second, he is faithful; he will not forsake you. Third, he is able to help you; “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18

Let us now fully consider Jesus in his earthly walk. He might have taken on him the nature of an angel, but then man might have said, “He being an angel, could overcome the trials and the temptations of this world, but I am only a mortal man.” That no man might have an excuse for failures and that all might have an example of success, Jesus took upon himself the nature of his brethren, was tempted in all points just as we are, underwent the severest of earthly trials, fought the hardest battles with sin and Satan, drank the bitter cup of human suffering to its dregs, and tasted death for every man, and consigned himself to the cold and narrow limits of the tomb.

Jesus felt in His natural body the pangs of hunger the same as you do. “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered.” Matthew 4:2 (R. V.) He also suffered from thirst; for when he was on the cross, he said, “I thirst.” John 19:28 Physical exertion and the toils of life made him weary the same as they do you. John 4:6 When you are hungry, thirsty, or wearied with the toils and the responsibilities of life, consider Jesus, that he also was hungry and thirsty and weary, that he is a faithful high priest, that he is touched with the feeling of your infirmities, that he is able to succor them that are tempted. “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. For we have not an high priest which can not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 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 [ The End ]

 

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