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2. A second rich benefit from Christ's priestly intercession is that He is an understanding and sympathetic High Priest. He has taken upon Himself our human nature. He has experienced human temptations, trials, afflictions, disappointments, sorrows, and griefs. He is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities," and "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15b).

What an encouragement to bring all our struggles, fears, and difficulties to this High Priest! There is no sorrow, pain, or suffering that He cannot understand.

What a comfort for true believers! Your Master has been through your sufferings. He has blazed the trail - you only need to follow. He has borne the full wrath of God's anger against sin -you only taste His chastisements at times. He drank the full cup of God's condemnation - you just sip some of the temporal consequences of sin. No cross you bear can be compared to His!

Knowing that Christ has opened and walked the path we are traveling upon, to "see" His "footsteps," can provide rich comfort!

To walk through a tropical jungle is virtually impossible. To follow a path cut by another is not always easy. Tripping roots, scratching branches, and undergrowth that conceals the path are all realities with which one must cope.

Imagine the comfort experienced by one who is walking alone through the jungle, fearing he is or may go lost, to see the footprints or slash marks of the trailblazer who has gone before him! He is on the path that he has made and traveled!

When Paul and Silas were thrown into the dungeon, with their feet bound in stocks, how was it possible for them to sing praises to God in the middle of the night? Read Acts 16:25 carefully: "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God." Can you see a rich benefit here from being able to pray to a sympathetic High Priest -one who understands persecution, pain, and rejection? By faith, could Paul and Silas "see Christ's footprints" on their path in the prison? What rich comfort did this provide?

 

Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted.

- Hebrews 2:17-18

For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infir-mities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy. and find grace to help in time of need.

- Hebrews 4:15-16

 




Why is it possible for the true Christian to "sing songs in the dungeon"? Can the child of God always do so? Why or why not?


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