Friday, December 09, 2022

Newton: one like us

Friday, December 9, 2022
    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
    —Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)
    [Jesus] knows our sorrows, not merely as he knows all things, but as one who has been in our situation, and who, though without sin himself, endured when upon earth inexpressibly more for us than he will ever lay upon us. He has sanctified poverty, pain, disgrace, temptation, and death, by passing through these states; and in whatever states his people are, they may by faith have fellowship with him in their sufferings, and he will by sympathy and love have fellowship and interest with them in theirs.
    ... John Newton (1725-1807), letter, Nov. 29, 1776, The Works of the Rev. John Newton, v. II, New York: Williams and Whiting, 1810, p. 20 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 4:15-16; Isa. 53:4-5; Luke 22:28; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 2:17-18; 5:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You know me more than I know myself.
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