Hebrews 2:16-18 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Meditation on this chapter simply give one a greater love for the Lord. He could’ve been made like an angel. He could’ve come in great power. But it “behooved Him”, or, it “was incumbent on” Him to be made in the likeness of men. And because He did, He can relate with us, and us with Him. Here are a few observations:
- Because He was made in the likeness of men, He is all the more merciful. Jesus was always merciful. That’s why He came. But His living in the flesh and living among us as He did – feeling our pain and suffering our temptations – leaves a special impression on His heart. And having this, He is a merciful High Priest for us.
- Because of His human work, He makes reconciliation for the sins of the people. He is our redemption, our propitiation, and our reconciliation to the Father. I thank Him that He was willing to go through with it for us!
- Because He was tempted, He is able to succour (give assistance and support in hard times) us when we are tempted. He is not one that cannot be touched with our infirmities. He was tried, tempted, and tested. He knew what it was like to be weak. He knew what it was like to be hungry. He knew what it was like to suffer temptations of the flesh and of the spirit. Yet He was without sin. He was victorious over temptation and sin. And because He did, He is able to be our sustainer and refuge and ever present help in times of trial and temptation. And we can know that He knows exactly what it feels like.
I praise the Lord today that He knows me and what I go through, because He subjected Himself to the same. In times of trial or temptation, let us run to the Lord. He knows exactly how to “succour” us, and help us to come out victorious.