“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.” -Hebrews 4:15
I woke up this morning thinking, “Here we go again. Another day of someone giving me a bed bath, getting me dressed, and plopping me in my wheelchair.” No sooner did that irritating thought escape than Hebrews 4:15 came to mind. Jesus tasted the boredom of routine. He knew the pain of limitations. In short, He sympathizes. He understands. He’s been there. And Jesus was the one who brought to my mind that little verse in order to quiet my frustrations and give me a brighter perspective on the day.
Look closer. It says that Jesus can sympathize with our weaknesses in every way. The Lord did not share only partially in our weaknesses, but fully. There’s not an emotion with which you wrestle that Christ has not first felt its sting. And He did it for a reason. Jesus took on our limitations so that you and I could break beyond them.
Jesus deserved glory, but He humbled Himself. He deserved love, but He took the full blow of people’s hatred. Jesus deserved comfort, but He hardly had a place to call home. This is good news for anyone who feels humiliated and rejected. It’s even good news for someone who’s homeless! For this is the extent to which Jesus sympathized with our weaknesses.
You are Lord over every one of my weaknesses, whether they are emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual. That’s why I boast in my weaknesses for I know that Your power rests upon me when I present to You all my shortcomings. Thank You for giving me the grace to delight in my limitations, for through them, I am drawn closer to You.