Advent – confident hope

Yesterday we glanced at a great text in the letter to the Hebrews. Here is another look at one of those verses.

“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, ESV)

When Jesus came, he came as completely man and also completely God. No mixture. 100% 100%. The text above has a couple of key words. The first key word is “sympathize”. As a fully human person, Jesus was tempted just as you and I are. When we struggle, he gets it. He has felt it. And that brings us to the second key word.

The word “yet” is our second word today. Jesus struggled and was tempted. Yet he never succumbed to the temptation so that it led to sin. This is where Jesus, as 100% God, saves the day. He could complete his work because he is man and because he is God.

Our confidence is completely in Jesus, who came humbly and took on the flesh of a person just like you and me. Our confidence is in Jesus who is going to come back. This is the already, not yet. It is the base of our confident hope in Jesus.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Confident advent hope.

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