The AMI QT Devotionals from April 30-May 6 are provided by Jabez Yeo. Jabez, an alumnus of University of Pennsylvania, just graduated from Columbia International University with a M.A. in Muslim Studies. He is currently working in NYC and serving at Remnant Church-E. He hopes to become a missionary.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
The Savior Who Understands (Overview Mark 15-16)
“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.”
One of the strongest ethos of Western society is the self-made person. We are trained to think that if we just work hard, educate ourselves and persevere, we will overcome any obstacles and achieve success. I, of course, am no exception. Yet, many of us live unaware of how our decisions are undoubtedly influenced by others. The explicit or subliminal messages you received from those who have gone before you in your family, church, school or workplace affect the “big-picture” decisions in your relationships, ministries, education and career. Even the most trivial of choices, such as where to eat or what movie to watch, can be made through consulting reviewers on Yelp or Rotten Tomatoes. As human beings, we innately trust someone who has been where we want to go.
Thus, one of the most beautiful doctrines of the Christian faith is the truth of the incarnation. The reality of God in man, the Word became flesh (John 1:14), implies that the troubles we have overcome, experience daily or will eventually face, are not lost upon our Savior. Today, some of us may be enduring a season of physical pain or chronic disabilities that have inhibited us for much of life. Or maybe you are going through the pain of betrayal or the despair of loneliness. As Hebrews 4:15 notes, “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”. Therefore, the full range of human experience was available to Jesus and He empathizes with our current situations by providing His mercy and grace.
For the remainder of this week, we will be exploring how Jesus endured the pain of slander, physical torture and abandonment on the road to the cross. My prayer is that through this week, we would more fully believe that no matter what we are going through, Jesus can meet us there. For those of us who seek someone to simply say “I understand,” may we find our comfort in the only person who can claim that for all humanity.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You humbled yourself by taking the nature of a servant, becoming God in man. Thank You that You are familiar with the troubles of this world, including those I face today. Help me to find strength and take heart in You, for You have overcome the world. In Your Name I pray, Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 2 Timothy 1
Lunch Break Study
Read Hebrews 4:14-16: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Questions to Consider
- How is Jesus able to empathize with our weaknesses?
- How does this fact allow us to approach his throne of grace with confidence?
- What specifically do you need to approach the throne of grace for?
- Jesus lived a full human life during his time on earth. He experienced the reality of the human flesh through hunger, fatigue and physical pain. He involved himself in relationships with his family, friends and disciples and experienced the highs and lows of such bonds.
- Jesus experienced all these things but yet was not found with sin. We can be confident in approaching Him because, first, he will not be unsympathetic when we share our burdens with Him, and second, through Him, we have the power to overcome such obstacles.
- Personal response
How was Jesus able to meet you today? Spend time thanking Him for providing what you needed when you needed. If you didn’t feel His presence today, ask that He would provide greater awareness and sensitivity.