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.
If you’ve read your Bible, you know that Jesus was the Son of God. He was also the son of Mary. He is God who became flesh, born of a woman. He is described in Hebrews 4 as our High Priest. And by my definition (those who love and serve God by obeying him), Jesus was also a church worker.
Giving him that description doesn’t demote him at all. He came to show us how to be what God wants us to be. He had to become human in order to get his point across. His sacrifice on the cross was something we couldn’t do. But his love shown to others was something he expected us to do – and continually get better at.
Because we have a merciful God, we know we can go to him and ask for help. God gave us many tools in the Bible. He tells us in Hebrews 4 that “the word of God is alive and active.” We’re supposed to use God’s word to help us in our obedience to God. We’re not supposed to judge others, but allow God’s word to judge our thoughts and the attitudes of our hearts.
In Matthew 19, Jesus had just spoken to a group about others whose hearts were hard. Verse 13 tells more. “Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.” Had the disciples not listened? Were they being distracted by crowd control duties?
Having just spoken about those whose hearts were hard, Jesus had to deal with his hard-hearted disciples who wouldn’t allow children to come close to him. The disciples had to learn that day that their job as church workers included allowing people of all ages to come to God. God isn’t just for adults.
Jesus is our High Priest. He’s also our Teacher. He gave us words to use so we could judge our thoughts and attitudes. With God’s word as our tool, we can chip away at our ice-cold, hard-hearted attitudes and allow God’s warm love to penetrate our thoughts and change our ways.