Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
The word succour is translated from a Greek word which means, to run to the aid of those in danger, to bring aid.
Jesus had no hesitation in doing the Father’s will, but rather He willingly left the right hand of God in heaven and came to earth to die for me. This He did, not as a hero but rather as He was lied upon, falsely accused and executed as a criminal.
Yet when it is our turn to run and help someone, it is often with reluctance that we go if we just can’t find a way to get out of it. We don’t mind helping someone if we can look like a hero while we are doing it and the recipient of our help expresses their gratitude and shares with everyone how great we are. That is certainly not how Jesus felt about helping me.
Jesus suffered that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest for me. It is always amazing to me how that a human being can suffer and instead of that producing an attitude of mercy and compassion for others they will still rise up in self righteous pride and look down their nose at others. This must be one of the most prevalent issues with the Church and Christians in today’s world.
The attitude in the church world today, seems to be, that if you had done it like they told you and allowed them to control your world, you wouldn’t have ended up in the shape you are in. Jesus went outside the church of His day to do what He was called to do. Without condemnation, scorn or ridicule, without forcing a set way of life on people He just healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out devils, taught God’s Word and feed the masses. His only requirement was, “Go and sin no more”.
In the trying days that we live in, let us become watchful and aware of others suffering around us. The suffering of others, should produce feelings of compassion and mercy in my heart and not disdain and contempt because they got themselves in that shape by not listening to me. Instead of looking down our nose at others, let us wrap their suffering in God’s love and mercy as He did for me when I was lost and undone!