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Jesus is Born: So What?

Hebrews 4:14-16

Products of Jesus’ Humanity

  • Jesus experienced weaknesses.
    • Weaknesses can refer to any infirmity or limitation in body or mind.
      • Jesus felt hunger, fatigue, illness, and pain.
      • Jesus had to learn things just like we do.
      • Jesus experienced loss, betrayals, attacks, abuses, poverty, and stresses.
      • Jesus did not experience moral weaknesses or guild or regret.
  • Jesus was tempted.
    • Jesus was tempted in every respect (or way) that you are tempted.
    • Jesus was tempted to a greater degree than any other human being.
  • Jesus is able to sympathize with anything you are going through.
    • The double negative (do not/unable) adds emphasis.
    • Sympathize can also be translated “be touched with the feeling” (KJV).
      • Jesus knows how your pain feels because he has felt similar pain.
      • And in a sense, he feels the pain with you.
    • Three elements of Jesus’ sympathy:
      • He feels your pain (empathy).
      • He grieves with you (compassion).
      • He eases your suffering (mercy).

Two Exhortations

  • Hold fast our confession.
    • Your confession is what you say you believe.
    • Peter’s confession (as ours should be):
      • Jesus is the Messiah.
      • Jesus is God.
  • Two elements of a confession:
    • The faith at the root of the confession.
    • The obedience produced by it.
  • Two aspects of holding fast:
    • Do not abandon your confession.
    • Cling to it even tighter.
  • Draw near to the throne of grace.
    • The throne of grace suggests the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies.
      • The Jewish High Priest approached it once a year to offer a sacrifice for atonement.
      • This was the most solemn and important duty for the High Priest.
    • The throne of grace refers to Jesus.
      • Jesus is in a position (the throne) to help you.
    • And Jesus has the disposition (grace) to help you.
    • Draw near is not an occasional instruction.
    • Draw near to the throne of grace means to get close and remain close to Jesus.
  • With confidence.
    • There is a legend that a rope was tied to the leg of the High Priest when he entered the Holy of Holies.
      • Although there is no evidence of this actually happening, the legend shows the fear involved.
      • We have no reason for such timidity.
    • Our confidence is rooted in our trust of Jesus’ sympathy for us.
  • Mercy and grace in time of need:
    • We need mercy because we suffer.
    • We need grace because we are undeserving.

Because Jesus was born and lived as a human:

  • He experienced the same kinds of hardships as you do
  • He sympathizes with you like no one else will
  • You must cling to him always, and especially in times of trouble
  • You can turn to him with confidence that he will treat you with mercy and grace