Tues, 28 September 2021
By Dr Hew Fen Lee
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The last 18 month have been the most disruptive to all our lives by a single external event that has engulfed the whole world. Many people across the world including some of us have lost loved ones and many more have lost livelihood and lifestyles as we know it.
Governments and political leaders have been expected to provide answers and solutions to alleviate the impact. However, many were frustrated and left feeling that the political elites did not empathise the challenges they face daily in their various roles as employees, employers, parents, frontline workers etc.
Jesus has asked us to cast our burden upon Him. Jesus has told us not to worry as He will be with us at all time. Sometimes when our prayers have not been seemingly answered within our expectation, we begin to wonder if Jesus understood and knew what we were going through. Hebrew 4:15 says that Jesus as our high priest not only has made the sacrifice for us, He understands and knows our every suffering, challenge and temptation in life we face because He has gone through them Himself.
Jesus lived as a refugee running to Egypt away from Herod in his early childhood. He endured hunger in the wilderness and was homeless (Matt 8:20). He was tempted with power and authority (Luke 4:5-8). He was rejected by his hometown (Luke 4:14-28) and was ignored by those closest to Him (Luke 22:46).
He was slandered and called glutton and drunkard (Luke 7:34) and prince of demon (Luke 11:15). He was betrayed by Judas and denied by Peter. He was mocked and insulted repeatedly. He was abused physically and violently and was crucified as a criminal.
He was not what He was accused of and he did not deserve any of this. He did not have to go through all the humiliations, rejections, physical pain and mental anguish. Yet He did and He went further. He is now seated at the right hand of God interceding for each one of us in all circumstances and in all situations (Heb 7:25). Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (Heb 10:23). The one who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites will surely lead us safely through the ocean of Covid pandemic.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being with us in all the challenges in life we are facing. You know and understand what we are going through. We thank you for paying the price for us and redeeming us with your blood. We thank you for your ever presence even during the time when we do not feel you are with us at times. Remind us of your presence each day and remind us that you are seated at the right hand of God and are in control of all situations. Amen.