Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hebrews 2:16-17 – “For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham. 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.”
I honestly may have to change the name of the blog, revrunjon doesn’t seem to apply anymore, since I’ve only been able to run 1 time in the last 25 days. First it was a tear in my left calf muscle, that kept me out a week, then I tried to run with the kids in the driveway and it went pop again, so I took another 2 weeks off. Then this past Saturday it had finally healed up enough to run so out the door I went and ran for a few minutes. It really felt great and I was looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
But then Sunday came and with it a horrible cough and sore throat. I thought well I’ll get over this quickly and be back at it but then it got worse and worse and worse. So yesterday me and my youngest son were diagnosed with walking pneumonia. I chuckle at the name (not too much though or I’ll start coughing) because walking pneumonia is not related at all to pneumonia. With what we have our lungs are clear but we have a really bad cough and we feel terrible, but not as bad as we would feel if we had real pneumonia, hence the “walking” part. Because we are still able to get up and move around.
It’s just a small bump in the road, but to only be able to run 1 time in almost 4 weeks is disappointing to me. This certainly isn’t how I wanted this year to start off. Every year at Christmas since I started running my family gets me running stuff for Christmas. I can’t wait to use it so I eagerly jump up and go for a run. This year however all of the cold weather gear is stashed away with the tags still on them, and the new Brooks Beast running shoes are still in he box.
It’s really no big deal and in the overall scheme of things it really doesn’t matter, but it is disappointing. Life is full of disappointments isn’t it? Good things happen, bad things happen. We make plans and those plans go awry. There are small disappointments and there are big disappointments, but the writer of Hebrews tells me that I don’t have to deal with those disappointments by myself but that there is one who helps “the offspring of Abraham.” (that’s a fancy way of saying those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ).
There is one, and His name is Jesus, who has been made like us (think – willingly left the glory of heaven to be born as a human being just like you and me), and since He was born as a person, He fully understands what we go through. He knows what its like to deal with disappointment.
Think how He must have felt when His disciples spent valuable time arguing over which one of them was the greatest… Or how He must have felt when on one of the most difficult nights that any human has ever had to endure, He asked His disciples to “watch and pray” with Him in the garden and then moments later found them asleep. Or imagine the disappointment at riding into Jerusalem with people waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” knowing that those same people in just a few days would be yelling and screaming and cheering for Him to be crucified.
Yes Jesus is my Great High Priest, and Jesus knows and understands disappointment. And because He became the propitiation for our sins, taking God’s wrath in our place, we who believe are now forgiven of our sins, and we can have a relationship with Him.
Think about that for a minute, let it sink in. We can have a relationship with the one who is our great high priest. A relationship with the One who is the conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A relationship with the one who understands us perfectly, even better than we understand ourselves Because He has been through all of the same things that we have been through. And not only that He understands us because He created us (Hebrews 2:10), and He created us for Himself (Hebrews 2:10).
That is the God that we serve, a God who has been through all that we’ve been through and that cares for us. That is why He says, “cast all your cares upon Me for I care for you.” Charles Spurgeon put it this way, “Our job is casting and His job is catching” So cast your cared upon Him, share with Him your struggles, your temptations, and your disappointments. He will catch them and teach you how to deal with them, because He is the Great Prophet, the Great Priest, and the Great King.