Grace for the thorn — what does that even mean? Well, let’s first look at one of six definitions for the word ‘thorn’ on Dictionary.com. For this purpose, the following best explains the context of the word ‘thorn’ in this episode. Thus, a thorn is something that wounds, annoys, or causes discomfort.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The Person and Work of CHRIST — well that has been the topic of many debates. Such as, who He is and His purpose for coming into the world. First, let’s look at an example from the Holy Bible of who people said Jesus was when He was here in His physical body.
“13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
As we can see, people had different answers. And the same is true even today.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So 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 most.