Our Sympathetic and Gentle High Priest

Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way… – Hebrews 5:2

The pattern high priest was a fatherly-looking man, with love in his eyes, a smile on his face, one who had often sorrowed himself, one to whom all the people could go naturally. I think that some of those high priests must have seen a great deal of sin, and a great deal of mercy and divine love. When the poor people went up to the temple, one would say, “I must go in and see the high priest. I have such a burden and he will be able to help me.” Another would say, “No, I shall not go in; I do not need to take up his time myself. Did not you hear him speak? What, what he said was just the very thing that I wanted. God gave him the very word that my distress required, and so I can go in peace.” But here and there one would say, “Ah! I must tell him. It does me good to unburden my heart.” Now that is the kind of high priest that we should all have wished for had we been living in those days; but our Lord Jesus is something incomparably better than that. There was never such a meek, and gentle, and quiet spirit as our divine Lord and Master possessed. Not only has our Lord compassion on the ignorant by being gentle towards them, but He sympathizes with them by having a fellow-feeling with them. They got out of the way, and into the thorns; they wandered, and fell into a maze; they were lost in the dark mountains, but He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” “In all their afflictions He was afflicted.” Because of that fellow-feeling He is always very tender and pitiful; and if He finds any of His children sorrowing, He has abundant compassion upon them. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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