Words from the Heart for Saturday December 14th, 2019
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NKJV)
“The Bold Canadian” was a patriotic song for Canadians that originated during the War of 1812. It celebrated the conquering of Detroit in Michigan Territory. It was likely written by a private from the Third York Militia’s First Flank Company named Cornelius Flummerfelt, who wrote the lines while marching in the Detroit campaign, or on the way back to York, Upper Canada. The song was used to further increase the numbers of Canadian militia to fight during the war.
The High Priest had a special place in Jewish society. He was held in highest esteem and because he was the only one allowed to enter into the Most Holy Place, he was considered especially holy. The result was that he didn’t relate well to the rest of the Jewish population who lived very normal lives. So what the author of Hebrews says about Jesus in Hebrews 4:15-16 is astounding: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” The irony is that Jesus, God Himself, can relate to us and us to Him, because He lived a very normal life, with its pain and temptation. Now it is true that He never sinned, but He knows what real life is like and when we come to Him with our needs for victory, or deliverance or salvation, or healing, He understands us. When you pray to the Lord Jesus, you are connecting with the great God of the Universe who has the power to meet that need, and the one who understands the need.
These have been words from the heart.