Jesus Christ is both High Priest and Savior to those who believe upon Him. He “seeks to save that which is lost,” and His compassion toward us is unfailing. His identification with sin was absolutely necessary for Him to take the position of High Priest, and it was more painful than we can imagine, for “in all their affliction, He was afflicted…” (Isaiah 63:9a).
“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). It was “according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5), and “it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22).
In Ezekiel 16, we find an illustration of the Lord’s compassion toward us. This example is primarily applicable to the nation of Israel, but we shall see that it also reveals the nature of God’s love toward His church, the Bride of Christ. God desires “that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had aforehand prepared unto glory” (Romans 9:23), so “that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). We know that God loves the sinner, although He hates sin. Ezekiel 16 reveals this vital principle of God’s amazing and wonderful love toward us.