The Founder of Salvation
The writer of Hebrews here reveals how Jesus rescues us from our sin and shame. He comes to earth as a man. He calls us His brothers. He shares with us human flesh and human suffering. He becomes like us, and even less than us, by suffering a painful and humiliating death.
He, the perfect one, is made more perfect by tasting death for us, suffering on our behalf, and rescuing us completely from the power of sin and death.
But the story does not end here. His foray into human life is not a singular act but an eternal one. He ever lives to make intercession for us. Since He has suffered the worst that life can bring, He is able to fully embrace our condition; and with knowing and feeling mercy, He advocates for us.
We cannot say to Him: “You do not understand; you cannot know the depth of my sorrow and pain.” He does know; He understands better than we do.
For me, this story and the truth it conveys are comforting and life-giving. I know that He comprehends all my sorrow and sees it as I do, and better than I do. I am lifted up by His knowing and feeling mercy and am encouraged to trust in His care and kindness.
Stepping Out in Lent – Our challenge is to humbly receive Jesus’ gracious gift, to humble ourselves to His honorable service, and to lay aside our selfish and prideful notion that we alone know our own pain. We must cling to Him. We are never alone.
Author – Cliff Nilson is the husband of Lynn and the father of their sons Jonathan and William. He is an attorney and has lived and worked in Tallahassee for over 30 years. He is committed to embracing God’s truth in all aspects of life