Summary: We cling to people and things to give us security and all of these let us down.
14That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
(New Living Translation)
To what or whom do you cling? Who or what gives you security?
In the comic strip Peanuts, Linus is always with his blanket. I remember reading a strip where Linus is pictured sitting on the ground holding blanket and sucking his thumb. He is sound asleep. In the next frame is a picture of Snoopy crouching ready to attack. The next few frames show Snoopy running to Linus and grabbing the blanket to steal it. Much to Snoopy’s dismay, Linus holds on. Snoopy runs all over the yard trying to shack Linus loose from the blanket. In the last frame Snoopy is clutching one end of the blanket and Linus is clinging to the other end. The blanket is stretched across the top of Snoopy’s house dangling Snoopy and Linus on each end. No one could take Linus’ blanket away from him.
We want something or someone to cling to for security. Linus clings to his blanket, what do you cling to?
Clinging to some one or something can be good or bad. It all depends on why we cling.
Clinging is unhealthy when I cling to people or things that hold me back.
Linus has a co-dependent relationship with his blanket. His blanket provides a false sense of security. He expects from the blanket what it cannot deliver.
You know the phrase, "misery loves company." Clinging to miserable people will make you miserable.
This is why we have to have choose our friends carefully. We must be careful who we look to for advice.
Clinging is healthy when I cling to people or things that help me grow.
If someone truly loves you, they will want you to be the best person you can be. They will do whatever they can to help you excel in life.
During our life time, we will cling to many people who will shape us into people of character and integrity: parents, grandparents, teachers, friends.
Healthy relationships are those where I am encouraged, challenged, supported, and loved.
The problem is this. Even healthy, solid people make mistakes. Even the person you admire the most will let you down some time. From time to time even the most wise person will make the wrong decision. We are all sinful human beings.
So, who can I cling to who will never let me down or who never mislead me? Who can I cling to who will help me to grow into a mature spiritual person.
I can cling to Jesus because…
1. He is the Son of God (4:14).
Chapters 1-4 of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is superior to all creation because he created it. Jesus is also superior to the angels. He is not just a good man who excelled in his spirituality. Jesus is the Son of God.
When you have a complaint with the service at a restaurant, who do want to talk to? The manager. You want to talk to someone who has the authority to solve the problem. You want to talk to someone who is in charge.
In Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth.”
We can cling to Jesus because as the Son of God, he has complete authority to help us with our problems. Jesus has authority over every human, every angel, and over the devil and his demons. There is no one any higher in the chain of command.
I can cling to Jesus because…
2. He understands my weaknesses (4:15).
Even though Jesus is the Son of God, he became a human being so that he could relate with us. He became a human so that he could communicate the Good News of God’s love and God’s forgiveness.
While Jesus was fully human, he experienced life just we do.
* He got hungry.
* He got tired.
* He got frustrated with people.
* He laughed.
* He cried.
* He loved people.
* He was used by people.
* He was hurt by people.
* He was misunderstood by those closest to him.
* He was finite.
* He was limited to time and space just as are.
Jesus understands your limitations and weaknesses because he has been there.
Clinging to someone who understands gives us comfort and encouragement. This is why support groups are so important. When I am struggling with something and need help, I want to talk to someone who has been through it and has overcome or is overcoming the problem. I want to talk with someone who has more wisdom and experience than I have. I want to talk with someone who can help me to objectively see the whole situation.