14 Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil— 15 and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring. 17 Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.
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Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.—Hebrews 2:17-18
Last month, I took care of a couple’s twins for a few hours in their home. As I backed into their driveway, I accidentally bumped into an outdoor light near the front of their house. I got out of the car, apologized to the man, and thanked him for giving me directions to his home. (I’d been on the phone with him the last few miles until I arrived.)
Nearly a week later, the staffing company, who placed me in the home that Saturday night, called me. The lady had emailed my supervisor about the accident. At the time, I wondered why she’d even brought it up to my boss. As far as I was concerned, it had been taken care of. I’d made a mistake and had apologized to the man.
However, the lady told my supervisor their irrigation system was damaged as a result, which would greatly cost them. That night, neither one of them had said anything about it to me before I left, so I told my boss my side of the story. She said she’d call me back later, and that's the last I heard of it.
I prayed about that particular situation before and after I spoke to my supervisor. I also prayed for the couple regarding the incident at their house. That’s all I could do.
When we pray, we have a great high priest named Jesus who intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:25). He stands in the gap. He’s our go-between in our relationship with the Father. I’m glad I can call on Him anytime and anywhere, aren't you?
He knows and understands the hardships, trials, and tests we go through in this life because he suffered the same things on earth (Matthew 4:1-11, 27:11-54). Therefore, as our forerunner, He’s able to identify and help us (Hebrews 6:20). He’s able to understand our humanity—our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
When we experience tests and trials, He’s the one who stands up for us. He defends us. I’m sure that's exactly what He did for me when I spoke to my supervisor about the incident at the couple's house. I’m sure He does it for you as well whenever you’re facing a hardship, test, or trial in your life.
Isn't it comforting to have Jesus as our high priest? I know it’s been that way for me, and I hope it is for you too. Whatever you’re currently enduring, know and remember that you have a great high priest who’s available to you and wants to help you—anytime and anywhere you are in your life.
- What kind of hardships, trials, and tests have you endured? Were they difficult for you? How did you handle them?
- When do you normally pray—before, during, and/or after hardships, trials, and tests?
- How has God been faithful to you during those times as well as since then?
- How has God used those times from your past to help others?