For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)
There is within every believer a painful cry for deliverance from the body of this death. Temptation arrives in varied packages. Some are neat and tidy deceptive boxes, coming in with all pretense of good for your soul. Other temptations are like a ravening lion, tearing at the soul and exerting a hideous power over our spirit. Some temptations promise popularity and life while others speak softly into the ear, attempting to convince the believer that he is the only one going through such trial (I Peter 5:9). Truly you are unique in such a temptation!
In every situation of our pilgrimage there is need for deliverance. Believers may reach for a multitude of solutions – entertainment to drown the struggles, vacations to ease our impatience, drugs (both legal and illegal) to create a stupor of false reality, or a sea of materialism to numb the mind. In any solution outside of our passage the result is surrender to the temptation.
Jesus Christ was made of the same flesh and blood that we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Since the Father sent the Son to save mankind, the Son was obligated to be made like us (2:17). The Son of God took upon Himself humanity in order to render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil (2:14). The Son of God took upon Himself humanity so that He could be a merciful and faithful high priest (2:17). Brethren, what we need in the midst of our temptation is … a High Priest!
Jesus Christ is our High Priest! He himself underwent or experienced being tempted. The temptations of life assaulted Jesus in such waves that no mortal has ever experienced. Our High Priest, Jesus Christ, knows our human need experientially. He is not distant to our need, our temptation, or our feelings of infirmity. Our great God does not stand aloof from our suffering but is sympathetic (4:15). Therefore we can expect from our High Priest, not condemnation, but mercy and grace (4:16).
Look at the verse, once again tempted pilgrim. He is able. Say those words slowly and meditatively for your particular temptation and trial. He is able. He is able. Jesus and only Jesus, our High Priest, has the ability – the ability to come to the aid of those who are tempted. We cry, “Help me.” He says, “I am sympathetic and willing.” Jesus grants mercy in the temptation and grace for our aid.
Brethren is this your condition? Is your prayer, help me? Jesus understands the human need of His people. Jesus desires for us to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace. Our High Priest will not turn you away, fearing believer. He is able to deliver you from all your fears. He will hear the bleating of His lambs and sheep. His response will always be one of gracious action that arises out of compassion for His people. His response will always be one of enabling manifestations of His divine favor towards you. He will deliver and His help will be “well-timed” for His glory and your salvation. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32). Go unto Him. Go with no fear of condemnation. Go. He is the only Savior, your Lord and Master.