“Seeing then that we have a a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”. – Hebrews 4:14, 15 NKJV
No disrespect to other denominations who feel comfort confessing their weaknesses to an earthly priest, but I take a greater comfort in knowing I can go to My Lord and Savior directly with all my weaknesses, knowing I’m not going to be denied or talked about to another soul. Trust me, there is always going to be a person who gossips about you. We can go to Jesus because as scripture says He was tempted just as we are.
Throughout his 33 years on earth temptation was all around Jesus, because let’s face it, hard to avoid the world and the people who live in it. Most of us are especially familiar with the show down between Jesus and the Devil in the wilderness. Forty days and nights in a hot environment with nothing to eat, and then to be confronted by His adversary. (Matthew 4: 1- 11 NKJV) I know would have failed. I complain of the bipolar Tennessee weather every day. With His earthly flesh, you can imagine how weary Jesus must have been. And it was in His weakened state that the Devil chose to come at Him. Sound at all familiar to what you go through?
Often in our weakened states, whatever it is we are going through we will get this voice in our heads telling us terrible things. Telling us that we’re nothing. That “this” is as good our lives are ever going to get. That we’re stuck in whatever pitfall we’re in and we are never getting out. That you’re better off dead and nobody is going to care if you are gone, because you are failure. Those words and the voice saying them are not yours. That Devil can even manage to kill us through someone or by our own hands, which is scary.
If He doesn’t destroy you right away surely as my fathers likes to says, he will sweep the rug from under you later. Between that time He can offer you great things. The third time the devil approached Jesus he showed Him the kingdoms of the world and offered it to Him. All He had to do was bow and worship Him. With that Jesus had had enough and told him to go away, and just like the two previous times the Devil tried to trip Him up, He countered back with scripture.
Don’t think that you’re too far gone in your weaknesses that Christ is not going to sympathize with you and save you. Every temptation that is around you, was too around Him. He was able to overcome not just by His divine nature, but by fighting back with scripture. Therefore let us open our bibles and let us come to Him directly, because He wants to help us.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4: 16 NKJV