For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [Hebrews 4:15 KJV]
Throughout the gospels we read about how Jesus was moved by compassion. How do you think those around him knew that? I think that they saw Jesus moved to tears. The image I find in the gospel accounts is of a Messiah who is touched deeply by the things that cause us pain.
I love that messianic image. And in a very real sense, only a sinless Messiah is able to help us. Only One who stands outside of the quicksand of sin is able to stretch his arm forth and pull us out. This is the image of God that I most see. Touched by our sin but in a position to rescue us from it.
Teach us compassion Lord. Use us to rescue others from the quicksand of sin.
... this devotion is part of a series about the book of Hebrews.