“Touched With The Feeling”

The devil wants us to forget this passage.  These three verses hold truths that make whatever life throws at us survivable.  They turn battles to victory.  It all adds up to one fact stated simply:  what a friend we have in Jesus.  We are friends with each other because of Christ.  However, he’s a friend to us that we can’t be to each other.  He’s actually touched with the feelings of our infirmities.

Hebrews 4:14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  15For 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.  16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Let us hold fast our profession: Hold fast.  Sit tight.  Hang in there.

The phrase touched with the feeling of our infirmities is the most precious part of this.  It lets us know Jesus can connect with us in a way no one else can.  If we’ve been through something similar to what someone else has been through, for us it is only facing a similar problem.  Some people can tolerate more pain than others.  We each have different thresholds for afflictions—things that cause us hurt and pain.  They can be physical and all differ from one person to the next.  Afflictions can also be mental and/or emotional.  Things try our minds.  Grief.  Sorrow.  Being alone when others are around.  We can have problems when we appear to others that we have none.  We see each other only to a certain depth; we hear only to a certain degree.  No one walks exactly in another’s shoes.  We try to help each other, but we have limits.  That’s what is precious about Jesus.  He came to save us, to be our all, to be our friend.

God had to come down here in human form.  Isaiah said surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. His feet fit every size shoe we have.  He was tempted to sin and do wrong.  It also means he was tried and tested.  He was bombarded not only with the temptation to do wrong but with the problems of the heart, the mind, and the emotions.  We read about his anguish as he wept at the grave of Lazarus and his sweat became blood in the garden.   He fell on his face under such a heavy burden.  Many times he left others and went alone to pray.  Not only was he touched by the same infirmities we are, he is touched with the feelings we have, the way we react, our threshold of pain and fear and uncertainty.   He’s touched with us.  What hurts us hurts him.  Only Jesus can do that.

This was put here plainly to remind us how intense and intimate a friend we have in Jesus.  He’s touched with and touched by our infirmities.  It proves he’s in touch with us.  The woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of his garment.  That touched Jesus.  He touched back and made her whole.  He told the crowd he felt virtue leave him. He knew what was going on, but he wanted the crowd to know he felt it.  He wants to be that in touch with us.  He wants us to be that in touch with him.  Nothing stands in the way of this being true.

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Where we cave in, Jesus did not.  See this.  Grasp it.  Let Jesus be this friend.  Hold fast your profession.  You can because you have such a friend.  He went back to heaven with your shoes on.  He has the victory.

We can’t walk in someone else’s shoes, but Jesus can.  We can take the next step and keep walking to glory.  Because of this let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

There is no reason to be hesitant or doubtful.  Believe him.  Trust him.  He’s your Savior.  He’s your friend, a friend who is touched with the feeling of your infirmities.