Who’s the best qualified for the job? To be considered and hired for a certain job, one usually has to meet a (rather long) list of qualifications. And most jobs require not only a requisite education level, but normally demands that the applicant has amassed a wide variety of experience to prove their worth and capabilities.
In order for Jesus to become our mediator and intercessor, He had to not only be made like us, He had to experience suffering beyond understanding, all because of our sin.
1. Isaiah 53:3
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.”(NIV)
Jesus was literally hated, rejected, unappreciated, scorned, avoided, and killed–personally for Who He said He was, and also on behalf of everyone else (me and you). Without much commentary today, I’d like to share a few Scriptures which may bring assurance as you pray, knowing that Jesus can relate with any of your difficulties! He, you might say, is over-qualified!!
“Though Jesus was the Son of God, yet He learned obedience through the things He suffered.” (Heb 5:9 NIV)
“We see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because He suffered death so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9 NIV)
“For it was fitting for Him for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in bringing many Sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10 NASB)
“[Jesus] who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, bu emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-9 NASB)
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted!” (Heb 2:18 NIV)
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us draw near with confidence that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15, 16 NASB)
2. Isaiah 53:4
“Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.”
This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (I John 4:9,10 NIV)
The Father set Jesus in our place as our substitute, where He suffered rejection, sorrow, grief and death for our sins; ultimately reconciling us to the Father through Himself.
We are freed up to “cast all our cares on Him” because He has proven beyond all doubt He cares for us!
Next time–Punishment to Peace