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A Daily Devotion for Friday, Jan. 13

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Jesus certaibly felt despair, being fully human. He lost his father and he lost his good friend, Lazarus. And he felt the despair of those who came to him in need. We don't know what it was like for Jesus to anticipate his own painful and lonely death. He certainly knew his Father loved him, but he also knew he would be put to death. Jesus knew about human pain and despair. These verses tell us that Jesus was like us, in many ways, and so we should not be afraid to go to him. When I think about going to a good friend with something that is painful to me, it is important that I believe she will understand. Jesus will understand. He already understands.

Holy Father, you have given us your Son, the perfect listener, the perfect comforter, your very self in human form. How could I ever doubt your understanding and your intentions? I am so very thankful. Amen

Becky, transforming

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