“He is more than even a concerned onlooker…”

I just recently posted some thoughts on the importance of the incarnation for Christ’s priestly office. I wanted to share this moving passage from a book by Hywel Jones. Dr. Hywel Jones was one of my professors at Westminster Seminary California.

In this passage, Dr. Jones discusses Christ’s sympathetic priestly intercession for believers. His comments are part of a discussion of Hebrews 4:14-16, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  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.  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.”

Jones writes:

“Our high priest could not be closer, either to God or to us. We do not need his earthly mother to represent us to him, or anyone else! Perish the thought! The one who was (and is) the divine Son in heaven, not only has been on earth but still remembers what it was like to be here below and it is as such that he ministers to and for his people. Not only is he not aloof, he is more than even a concerned onlooker. As one who experienced infirmity and adversity his concern is more than empathy. It is true compassion; he feels for and suffers with his needy people. He was ‘tempted’ in infirmity and ‘triumphant’ in it…. He knew need, but did not sin. The Hebrews thought they were alone, but they were not. Nor are we.”  –Hywel R. Jones, Let’s Study Hebrews (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2002), 42.

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