Why It Matters To You

 

JESUS IS TENDER-HEARTED AND IS ABLE TO HELP YOU

Jesus is not a spirit like the angels.  “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Jesus is far above them in status and power.  He is human with a body; He is physical, touchable; He is not a spirit like the angels.  And because He is a person who went through life on earth with the same trials and temptations as the rest of us, He understands what we are going through.  Angels can empathize with us like that.  He is our brother; we are family.  Angels can be around us, but they aren’t “family.”  He never sinned, even when He was arrested unfairly and killed. He knows through personal experience what life is like.  And He has the power to help you!

“Wherefore in all things it behooved 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 (Hebrews 2:17-18 KJV). To succour means to give relief or aid to someone who is suffering.

JESUS CAN GIVE YOU REST FROM STRIVING TO PLEASE GOD

Moses was a faithful servant of God. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, giving detailed ways to please God in life and worship.  But, Jesus was more than a servant of God.  He is the only Son who inherits everything.  And so He is able to give you rest from your failed attempts to please God.  He can be touched by your weaknesses and your griefs and sorrows.  Therefore, you can boldly come to His throne asking for mercy and grace (4:15-16).  Moses could never give you that.

An example of this tenderness and power is recorded in John 13-14.  Jesus had just told Peter that he would turn his back on Jesus. Then, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled:”  and went on to say that He was going to prepare a place for him (in spite of that denial). Because He is kind and gentle and understands your sin and weakness, He can say, “Stop trying to work your way into heaven.  Come to me instead.”  That rest matters to you.

JESUS, THE SON, CAN USHER YOU INTO THE FATHER’S PRESENCE

Moses established Aaron’s family as priests to intercede between the people and God.  But, Jesus’s intercession is far better than any of these priests or ceremonies..  He doesn’t offer sacrifices for your sins, but sacrificed Himself, died, took His life back, and “became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him” (5:9). His sacrifice did not have to be repeated over and over again.  It gave those who trust in Him access to God’s presence forever!

Jesus told the disciples, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again, I leave the world, and go to the Father….These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace…” (John 16:28;33 KJV).

Then He prayed, “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am;  that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me:  for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24 KJV).

Living forever in God’s presence is why these three facts about Jesus matter.

  • Jesus is better than the angels.
  • Jesus is better than Moses.
  • Jesus is better than a priest.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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