In a final, powerful statement, however, the humanity of Jesus is underscored when the author reminds us that “he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18 ESV).
Our God suffers with us.
This reminds me of the overriding purpose of the spiritual disciplines: to know Jesus more and to be conformed to his likeness. These practices take time, effort, and sacrifice.
They wouldn’t be worth it, save for the fact they help me know this person who is somehow my friend and brother and king and God, this person who not only died for his people, but rose victorious from death to redeem them from the clutches of death.
The ultimate worthiness of pursuing Jesus at all costs is confirmed.
Posts in this series on Hebrews:
- The most unfathomable mystery?
- Our God suffers
- Do I believe?
- The path to inner healing
- Do you know what it means for Jesus to be your High Priest?
- This is one of the most disturbing passages in the New Testament
- Jesus the perfect priest did this once and for all
- A new kind of covenant
- Why the blood of Jesus is enough for me, you, and God
- Can you lose your salvation?
- What is saving faith anyways?
- The one reason you can’t give up when things get tough
- How to Please God