He Can Identify

Steven Laman

READ: Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 5:1-10

The writer of Hebrews says that we have a high priest who can sympathize with us. Jesus was tempted in every way, as we are yet without sin. Satan was ruthless in trying to make Him fall. It is easy to see that Jesus can identify with our temptations. Does our high priest identify with us in other ways? Can Jesus identify with my cerebral palsy?

It is difficult for me to communicate. The Savior knows what it is like to struggle to be understood. Once He was talking about the yeast of the Pharisees and He had to struggle to make His disciples understand what He meant (Matthew 16:5-12). Sometimes kids say inappropriate things about my wheelchair, or they imitate my jerky movements. Jesus was mocked and ridiculed on the cross (Matthew 27:38-44).

I remember Joni Erickson Tada saying it was a great help when a friend told her that Jesus understands what it is like to be paralyzed. He was nailed to the cross and couldn’t move. Yes, Jesus does know what it is like to have the special feelings that come with having any problem.

Our high priest knows what it is like to be human. He can identify with our struggles physical, emotional and spiritual. He will sympathize with us, walk beside us, and help us get through anything we face. Now that is a great high priest!


Great High Priest, thank You for becoming human so that You could save us from our sins. Amen.