“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”- Hebrews 4:15
The Christian has great reason to rejoice, even in the midst of fiery trials. Whatever their difficulty may be, they have a kinsman redeemer who has been touched by their suffering. He knows only too well the stroke of this world and can understand the pain because He walked the same path and was tempted in every point that any Christian may suffer. Though there are many religions in the world, only the Lord of the Christian has become flesh and suffered just as His people. He knows what it is like to be a real human and face human emotions and trials. For this reason there is great sympathy and mercy found in the heart of Christ. His forgiveness extends from eternity past to eternity future and there is no sin that He is not willing and able to forgive. It is His goodness that leads us to repentance. And He has promised to abide in the heart of every brother and sister until His last appearing. He is near and dear!
This tells us much about the personal redemption of Christ. During the Passover, when the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies to offer for the sins of the people, there was no way that he could have felt the infirmities of every one of the people he represented. Though he confessed the general sins of his people over the head of the beast to be slain, he did not personally feel the guilt or even the compassion for the pain the sin had brought into their personal lives. He could not feel their individual infirmities. But Jesus felt every sin of every one of His people. Christian, have you thought about that? Jesus did not generally represent you. He personally represented you and knew you better on the cross than you know your own self today. You have secret sins that Jesus knew and suffered for. He nailed every sin you have ever committed and every sin that you will ever commit to His cross. And there it has been left. It died with Him! Though Satan may try to bring them up before us or our Father and declare that we are not fit for eternity, the Christian may simply point his accusing face towards the cross and say, “There my sins were nailed with a firm nail and there they shall stay.” And if he tries to read them there, he will not be able to see them for they are covered with the eternal, indelible blood of the Lamb. In three hours of darkness, the sins of His people were placed upon Him and he trod the winepress alone bringing eternal redemption to every heir of grace. Thus, not only did he experience His own suffering, He equally experienced the sin of every heir of grace, knowing our sins before we ever committed them. If He knew our sins at the cross, He knows them full well today. Thus, the Christian may come boldly unto the throne of grace, and obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Another thought and we will be through for today. The Christian may wonder why they are brought into the lap of suffering. They may look around at the gaiety of the world and see those who have no care of God or His Son living happy, carefree lives without the problems that attend the believer. If they are truly Christians, why do they suffer from feelings of infirmities? These questions have been pondered by other strangers and pilgrims since the dawn of time. Long ago, Job had observed this seemingly unfair thing in the earth, “The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.”( Job 12:6). Yet, the question must be asked, “How can the Christian be like Christ if they do not suffer?” Also, “How may the Christian prove their love for Christ if they are not called on to suffer?” Satan rewards his children, but there is no light. Lazarus laid at the gate of the rich man and begged as the dogs licked his sores. Yet, there came a day that the rich man lifted up his eyes from hell and beheld Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham. All suffering and feelings of infirmities is not the result of sin. Remember Job. Jesus has promised to purge every branch that it might bring more fruit (John 15). By our feelings of infirmities we have great assurance we have been called upon by our suffering brother to become a companion in tribulation. The Christian’s reward in heaven far exceeds the riches of this vain world and the Christian may find great encouragement in their Lord Jesus Christ who is touched with every trial, every pain and every feeling of infirmity!!