"Therefore, in all things He had to be made like his brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people."
Commentary in the Spirit-Filled Life Bible*
says of this verse: Since a High Priest must be one with the people in order to represent them, the Incarnation was indispensable to the atoning work
Amen! I am so glad that I can sit down with our Lord Jesus and share all of my heart with Him, unloading the burden of every circumstance, knowing that He identifies with my sorrows from hands-on knowledge - yet, without sin. He died, first of all, that God might be merciful to us. Think about that. MERCY was the very first inclination of His holy heart towards our sinful condition. We betrayed Him through sin, and He knew we had no other way of ever rising to the point of fellowship with His heart we fell from in the Garden...
So He sacrificed Himself. In magnanimous faithfulness towards mankind - honoring the promise He'd made before the foundation of the world - He suffered, bled, and died on our behalf that we might be brought back (truly "bought" back) into fellowship with Almighty God our Heavenly Father. Now there is nothing we can ever go through that He hasn't already borne in His very own body on the tree. Hey! Hallelujah!
What kind of awesome LOVE is that? Who is like OUR God?! What FAITHFULNESS would dare be compared to the smallest measure of the Father's merciful Hand toward us? HALLELUJAH! That's just like Jesus, isn't it? Glory!!!
He is - above ALL things - FAITHFUL. We bless His Holy Name!
(Originally published May 31, 2013)
*(Spirit-Filled Life Bible. Copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)