Friday, March 6, 2009

Jesus Our Sympathizer

Yesterday, I had an exchange of views with YOUNG Joshua in a blogpastor comment box regarding his perspective on children. My point to him was that his perspective on children is narrow due to his lack of life experience; as he is not a father, he cannot see children from the viewpoint of a father. He said that sometimes an outsider's view is much clearer but I feel that there are certain things in life that only personal experience will suffice eg. a man can never understand the difficulties that a woman go through during pregnancy and actual child-birth.

This exchange reminded me of Job's three friends who went to comfort Job in the midst of his suffering. However, they actually made Job's life more miserable by saying things that showed their total lack of understanding of what he was going through:

Job 16: 1-4 (NLT)
1 Then Job replied:

2 "I have heard many things like these;
miserable comforters are you all!

3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?
What ails you that you keep on arguing?

4 I also could speak like you,
if you were in my place;
I could make fine speeches against you
and shake my head at you.

How wonderful that we have a God who came as a man and lived life as a man, and therefore He is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. We can never accuse Christ of not being able to understand us because He has never experienced what we are going through, for we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. (Heb 4:15)

Knowing that Christ understands us enables us to "approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Heb 4:16)

Thank God that we do not have to suffer like Job, who longed for a mediator to speak on his behalf - "I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends" (Job 16:21).

Thank God that "we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous." (1 John 2: 1b)

Thank God for Jesus, our sympathizer.

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