Read Hebrews 2:17-18.
Jesus did not go straight to the cross at His birth. Instead, He spent over thirty years on the earth, facing the “daily grind.” Why? He had to become like us to redeem us, so much like us that He had to be tempted in all ways as we are.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Though He became like us in temptation, He is unique in this gigantic way: He never gave into temptation.
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.
Through His suffering, He obeyed. He obeyed to the point of death. Doing so “perfected” Him, or as the Greek may indicate, it completed Him – all for our sakes.
As Jesus is the source of salvation to all who obey Him, let us obey Him now in this manner: He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
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