“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
- Have faith because Jesus has ascended into heaven
- Jesus is our high priest – the one who represents us, intercedes for us.
- Jesus was tempted really – his temptations were real, his trials were real
- Jesus will extend mercy because he understands our trial and temptation.
- “Time of need” seems to be related to temptation specifically
All of us are lonely at times. Even – and maybe especially – in an age of always connected communication. No matter our relationship status, our extroversion or introversion, our activity in the community, our work environment — sometimes we feel alone, isolated. Slate magazine posted survey results in 2013 that said 40 percent of adults were lonely.
Hebrews reminds us that we are never, ever alone. Jesus is a real person who died, rose, and ascended to be our high priest. He is the one who intercedes for us, who understands us, who was one of us and continues to be so.
I struggle with this at times myself. My work can be isolating. When added to my introversion this can be a real problem. But I am not alone – we are not alone. We have someone who knows us, understands us good and bad).
O Jesus our Intercessor – you know what it is to be a human. To be tempted. To be alone. This day, whatever may come, remind me of your presence in heaven and your representation of me. I am not alone. I am not the only one who prays when I pray. May I hold firm to the faith and receive both grace and mercy that I need daily, even moment by moment. Amen.