“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb 2:18); “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise 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” (Heb 4:14-16).
As we reflect through Lent on temptation and obedience, may we take encouragement from these two Scriptures. They say that our struggles are neither alien nor inconceivable to our Father God’s understanding, since the Son, with whom He is one in essence, can sympathise with us in them. It is because of our Lord Jesus Christ’s solidarity and communion with us in these temptations and weakness that we can enter into our Father God’s glorious presence to ask for the help which we need in facing them. So let us make good use of the wonderful way that Christ has opened for us.