Pastor's Blog

Mostly helpful musings about the Christian life.


Think of something precious.

Maybe it's a family heirloom, or a diamond ring, or your children/grandchildren. What would you do if you were about to lost this thing (or person) that was precious to you?

I suppose it depends on what it is. If we are talking about a diamond ring, you would probably try to hold onto it as long as possible. But there might come a point when you are willing to let that diamond ring go, if, for example, letting it go would save someone's life.

But if we are talking about your children or grandchildren, there's probably not much--except for death--that could coax you into letting them go!

In the book of Hebrews, we hear about something very precious. Actually, I should rephrase that. We hear about someone precious. We don't want to ever let him go. His name is Jesus. He's our great high priest.

"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" (Hebrews 4:14).

Maybe a high priest isn't something that sounds precious. And that makes sense. We are so far removed from what a high priest is, or what a high priest does, that it doesn't sound very precious.

But consider what Jesus, as a high priest, does.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with us in our weaknesses, we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

In Jesus, we have someone who understands our struggles. He felt what it was like to be tempted. He was tempted in every way. He knows what we are feeling in our weaker moments, and he stands ready to help.

Isn't that something we all want? Don't we want to know there's at least one person in the world who understands? At least one person who "gets it?"

We have that in Jesus Christ. How precious!

Remember to turn to your Great High Priest in prayer, because he does know how to help. He understands you and exactly what you are going through. So he knows how and when to provide the help that you need the most.