Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” – Hebrews 2:17-18 (ESV)
John MacArthur is currently doing a series called “The Best of Christmas” on his Grace To You radio program. On Wednesday’s show, MacArthur gave a wonderful example of how Jesus’ life specifically “in the flesh” is so encouraging for us in what we face in our own lives each day:
“This is a Christmas perspective. The child that was born that day is ‘God with us’. To feel what we feel, to experience what we experience, to be tempted and tested as we are tempted and tested. In order that he might sympathize with us on one hand, in order that he might aid us on the other hand…
What does it mean to come to our aid ? I’ll tell you what it does:
- He gives you the courage to face your cares
- He gives you the wisdom to understand your cares
- He gives you the strength to endure your cares
- And He gives you the faith to trust Him for the rest
No tree is going to give you that. No Christmas card. No Santa Claus. No person.
Just ‘Immanuel’ “.