27: Christ suffered and died to become a sympathetic and helpful priest

This is part 27 of 50 in a series based on the book ‘Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die’. Read the introductory post or view all the posts in the series.

Ref: Hebrews 4:15-16.

Evidently the thought goes like this: We are likely to feel unwelcome in the presence of God if we come with struggles. We feel God’s purity and perfection so keenly that everything about us seems unsuitable in his presence. But then we remember that Jesus is “sympathetic.” He feels with us, not against us. This awareness of Christ’s sympathy makes us bold to come. He knows our cry. He tasted our struggle. He bids us come with confidence when we feel our need.

—Page 73

Jesus’ temptations were stronger than ours, because He did not ever give in to them.  And the beautiful thing is that we as Christians have the same Holy Spirit to aid us, just like  Jesus did. And both the Son and the Spirit are making intercession for us before the Father. Awesome!