A God Who Gets It - Your Daily Forward Devotional

A God Who Gets It

 

March 19


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Read Hebrews 2:14-18 (ESV)

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

 

Reflect

Why is Jesus able to empathize with us?

 

Have you ever shared your heart with someone only to realize from their response that they just don’t get it? There is nothing quite as disheartening as hoping to find someone who understands your struggle but instead finding someone who offers trite platitudes void of compassion. We long for someone who has gone before us who can offer meaningful guidance based on true empathy.

 

Humans, no matter how well meaning, often let us down in this area. But Jesus truly gets it. We might be tempted to think that Jesus doesn’t understand. He’s God! How could He possibly understand our struggles? But in today’s verse, we see that Jesus took on flesh and blood. He became a man. He subjected Himself to all of the pain, suffering, trials, and temptations that we go through as humans. Jesus became mortal. He came to earth to die—to experience death! So that through His death, He would conquer death and defeat Satan.

 

The author of Hebrews calls Jesus our “merciful and faithful high priest” (v.17). In order to understand what that means, we need to understand the role of a high priest. Under the Old Covenant, a priest’s job was to make sacrifices on behalf of the Israelites to satisfy the Law. Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest would enter the Most Holy Place to put blood on the Ark of the Covenant to cover the sins of all God’s people. But this covering was only temporary. Jesus is our Great High Priest because His blood is the perfect atonement for our sins. His blood sacrifice covers our sins permanently.

 

But as our High Priest, He does more than cover the sins we’ve already committed. Verse 18 says that because He understands our weaknesses and struggles with temptation, He is willing and able to help us when we are facing temptation!

 

Friends, in Christ we find some who truly “gets it.” Someone we can share our struggles with and receive meaningful help. Jesus can sympathize with our temptations. He understands our pain. He has walked in our same weaknesses–and yet He did not sin. His guidance is not trite, it is truth offered in compassion. He gets it. And because He gets it, He faithfully grants His followers mercy and strength.

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You for loving me so much that You were willing to take on flesh and experience human weaknesses and temptations in order to be the perfect and permanent atonement for my sins. Thank You for understanding my struggles and helping me overcome them. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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I pray for continued healing for your heart after the loss of your daughter!
You are not alone in your isolation. People are experiencing it at devastating rates! I pray for relief from this. I pray for God's love to surround you. I pray for the church to surround you however possible.
My Lord and my God, thank You for coming to earth and dying on my behalf to cleanse me of my sin and to guarantee me a place in eternity as I give You my life and worship You as Lord and Master.
This is needed for to day as we are in the troubled times in this nation has gone.
Thank you so much as well as all the comments at this trying time we are dealing with isolation it's so good to read the word of GOD and point out how Great he is how much he loves and knows us. He will always be here with us and deliver us yes we must hold on and be reminded.Grace to our GOD and 💘 to our brothers and sisters in Jesus name Amen.
Jesus we love you !!!
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Heavenly Father, I know that you can override whatever dark thoughts or worries I have. Thanks for being my friend and loving me. You are the perfect atonement for our sins, your blood is the final Word, thank God.
Absolutely loved this, Pastor Nat. Thank you.
Amen...
Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
Glory be to God. Truth....Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
"For we worship a high priest that is not unlike us, tempted in every which way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us go boldly to the throne of grace that we might find mercy and obtain grace in our time of need". Hebrews 4:15. I stood on this verse yesterday during a challenge and trial. Blessings, J
Jesus was tempted just as I am tempted. He held strong, and He will enable me to triumph as well! Praise His holy name!
Amen Thank God for being God
God is good all the time Lord help us to do your will help us to love like you help all of us as we go through each day to be more like you Lord, there is no divisions in God, he loves us all the same we are one of his sight, let's love one another like Christ loved us Amen🙏
Thank you My Lord and savior for healing my broken heart over the loss of my beautiful daughter May she Rest In Peace, thank you for loving me and thank you for drying my tears , I love you 🙏
Thank you Lord for answering my prayer yesterday. Thank YOU ALL for praying. Prayer does eork!! Please for my Granddsughter for wisdom as she does her presentation for her Doctorate today, Amen!!
Amen, amen!
Jesus, if it wasn't for Your sacrifice, I dont know what would be of us or if we would even be. Thank You for " getting me". You understand all that we go through day to day. You have true compassion. There is none that can be compassionate as You, Jesus. Remind me, Jesus, when I begin to doubt, or stray, that I should trust totally in You and that You can and will make everything alright. I love You Jesus. In Your Holy name I pray, Amen.
Amen
Amen
Jesus is real.🙂
LORD HELP ME TO WALK CLOSER TO YOU EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE LET ME FEEL YOU SPEAKING TO MY HEART TOUCH ME DEAR LORD & MAKE ME FAITHFUL TO YOU EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE TO LIVE FOR YOU & YOU ALONE THANK YOU LORD IN YOUR PRECIOUS NAME Amen & amen
Thank you Jesus for wrapping yourself in flesh & coming to this earth so we might not only be saved but that you comfort us & are the one that we know truly understands & helps us in our times of need.
By the Blood of the Lamb are our sins forgiven. May we all genuinely repent for our sins and act as heirs to the promise of God in contrast to this failing world.. All honor, praise, and glory to His Name, Redeemer King!
Heavenly Father we need you every hour of the day. Lord teach us to be better Christians so that we honor you and only you, in Jesus mighty name .amen
Father draw us all closer to you and we draw from your strength. Keep us protected from the evil one. Thank you!
Thank you pastor.I understand more now.For I am going through my own trials. I pray Jesus sees me through. Amen
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Thank you,this really blessed my soul on today. May God continue to bless you and your ministry
Temptation is all around in different forms, but our God is there to give us strength and guidance. What a blessing ❤️
Thank you Lord....Amen❤
Amen.
Jesus was tempted but never sinned and I am eternally grateful for he paid the price for my sins being the perfect, sinless lamb of God. Oh how much more difficult it is to fight temptation than to give in to it! Thank you Jesus for being strong and loving for me. The only thing I can think that Jesus never experienced is failure and giving in. Lord help me to win the fight against temptation and learn to love you more. For I desire to be holy like you are holy. Amen
Thank you father. Amen
Amen
Amen