July 9, Jesus’ Help

Today’s reading: Psalms 41-45

“You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”
- Psalm 43:2.

While the psalms accurately described what the writers were experiencing, there is an aspect of Psalms that pertained to Jesus and the suffering and rejection He encountered during His mission to earth. Jesus embodied the message of Psalms, and endured God’s judgment to set you free from that judgment. The writer of Hebrews explained the rationale behind Jesus’ humanity, so I will let those words explain what I never could:

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:17-18).

Do you go to Jesus for help, believing He can relate to your situation because He Himself was flesh and blood, just like you? Do you understand that Jesus is your Helper not just because He is God, but also because He is your brother?