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.
If empathy can be summed up as “feeling with people,” as Brene Brown put it on Monday, then Christ and his life represent the ultimate act of empathy.
In each of our lives, we have all fallen short. It’s an unfortunate fact of existence. We are all going to mess it up and be messed up. And it’s not just us – all of life and creation feels the effects of the broken world we live in.
Yet the world and life is still good and we give God praise for each day. Why?
It is because we have an intercessor who knows – not just intellectually – deep down in his bones what it means to suffer under the weight of human tragedy. We have a high priest who has walked through the deepest shadows of despair and born the burden of bodily pain in his own flesh. And because of him, there is hope.
Hope that there can be life on the other side of horror. There is joy beyond the pain. There is calm beyond the storm.
And it isn’t just a pie-in-the-sky kind of hope either. It isn’t a hope that only awaits us on some future ethereal plane. It is a hope that is born out and brought into the midst of this life through the continued work of Christ in the community of faith. It is hope that is birthed in the acts of empathy that we continue to pursue each and every day.
We can approach not just the throne of grace with confidence, but the altars of pain and brokenness with healing because we can extend the grace that has already been extended to us.
Today, may you receive the grace you need and may you pass along the love that overflows from the heart of Christ.