For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time you are probably familiar with that passage. It a passage that we quote very often during hard times, or when we’re facing a struggle, but have we ever considered the depths of what this passage is teaching us about the Author and Finisher of our faith?
Here are some of the things the Savior endured as He finished the race that was set before Him.
Jesus was born to an unwed mother (Matthew 1:18-19).
He was born in a stable (Luke 2:7).
He was born to parents who were dirt poor (Luke 2:24).
Even as a baby, His life was threatened and in danger (Matthew 2:13).
His very birth was the cause of much suffering and death (Matthew 2:16).
As He began His public ministry He had no home and no place to sleep (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58).
He was hated and opposed by others (Mark 14:1-2).
He family rejected Him at one point and thought He was insane (Mark 3:21),
People thought He was possessed by demons (Mark 3:22).
He was rejected, hated, and opposed by the audiences who came to hear Him speak (Matthew 13:53-38; Luke 4:28-29).
He was betrayed by a close friend (Mark 14:10-11, 18).
He was left alone, rejected, and forsaken by all of His friends (Mark 14:50).
He was tried before the high court of the land and tried with treason (John 18:33).
He was beaten, and flogged, and executed as a common criminal by the means of crucifixion (John 19:16).
Jesus endured the race that was set before Him, and before His race was finished He endured the cross. It is because of His death and resurrection that through Him we can say “Death is swallowed up in victory. O, death, where is your sting?” God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).