“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”Hebrews 4:15
I took the family to a restaurant that sold street tacos, and it is a restaurant that is a favorite to many. We were all excited to try a new place, and we came with hungry stomachs. The kids like the soda that is sold in a glass bottle, and they were excited to get soda with real cane sugar. We got our food and sat down and the kids opened their sodas, and we commenced to devour the tacos. We finished our meal and were talking at the table when Kate had a concerned look on her face.
We asked her what was wrong and she plopped her hand on the table to reveal a bottle stuck on her finger. The more she tried to pull her finger out, the tighter the grip became. We laughed and thought it was funny but Kate did not share the same sentiment. I told her to push up the bottle and twist it and her finger would come right out. She looked at me like I was crazy but these were desperate times and she was willing to try anything. She took my advice and the bottle finally pulled free and her concerned face now showed an expression of relief. She looked at me and said, “How did you know how to get your finger out of a bottle?” I smiled and told her I have had my finger stuck in a bottle a time or two myself. She was shocked by that statement as if I had never experienced adolescence, and she was learning new things about the dad she lived with for many years.
I think of our High Priest and I think of the prayers we pray in times of temptation or trial. I think of moments of physical and mental weakness, and I think back to prayers of desperation and hopelessness. I think of the low times in life when your life is stuck in a bottle, and you desperately need someone to help you pull your finger out. I think of our High Priest having an empathetic ear to our cries as He understands the various trials of life. He knows pain, He knows hunger, He knows anguish, and He knows what’s it’s like to be separated from the Father due to our sin. He knows all that we struggle with, but yet He never sinned.
I take comfort in knowing that He knows my infirmities intimately, and that He is acquainted with my grief. He gives me hope that I can live the Christian life as He lived the life, yet without sin. What a comfort it is to know that He knows my struggles and my temptations. He knows the human element of life, and He knows where to lead me.
How about you friend? Have you ever had your finger stuck in a bottle? Have you acquainted yourself with the One who was like you in all ways except without sin? Do you come to Him boldly asking for His help and guidance? Do you seek your High Priest, asking to be cleansed of your sin? May we not forget who walked this earth before us, and may we go to Him often and early. Our High Priest is faithful and if we seek Him, we will find Him.