We can be thankful for the goodness of God. We can be thankful for all the good things in life that God gives us, for the Bible tells us that all good gifts from God.
We can be thankful for the truth of God in scripture. In prayer. In worship.
We can be thankful for His grace and mercy that He gives when we fall down and ask for help.
We can be thankful for His peace that gives. For His hope. For His joy. For His strength.
All these are things that we can list on our things that we are thankful for. And they are good things. But, today, let me tell you what I am most thankful for. Listen to the words of Hebrews 4:14-16:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
It’s that phrase in verse 15. “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness.” I am thankful that Jesus understands.
The word tells us that Jesus was fully God and fully human. And in that, He is able to understand our temptation, for He was tempted as we are. He understands our hurts, as He was hurt. He understands our tears, as He cried. He understands us.
And it isn’t just that He understands, but He has sympathy. He has compassion. He has grace for us.
He lived as we live, walked as we walked. He understands. No matter what it is, right now, Jesus understands.
He is not uncaring towards your hurts, pains and loss. He understands. He cares. He is there.
That is what I am thankful for. Jesus understands what we are going through.
And He never gives up on us.
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