Read Hebrews 2:10-18
10It was only right that God, who creates and preserves all things, should make Jesus perfect through suffering, in order to bring many children to share his glory. For Jesus is the one who leads them to salvation.
11 He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his family. 12He says to God:
“I will tell my people what you have done;
I will praise you in their meeting.”
13He also says, “I will put my trust in God.” And he also says, “Here I am with the children that God has given me.”
14 Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, 15and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death. 16For it is clear that it is not the angels that he helps. Instead, he helps the descendants of Abraham. 17This means that he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, in order to be their faithful and merciful High Priest in his service to God, so that the people’s sins would be forgiven. 18And now he can help those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted and suffered.
The final verse of this reading means so much. He can help those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted and suffered.
Too often we think of temptation as the desire to do something ‘naughty’. But the word is used when Jesus wrestles with the prospect of crucifixion in the garden of Gethsemane. It is the struggle to do good. Jesus has been through it – and he continues to go through it with you.
Lord I bring my struggles to you. Help me to understand the mystery that although you are a God so powerful and majestic; you are with me in my suffering too.
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