Taking A Test with Your Teacher (Hebrews 4:15)

When I took my board certification examination for dermatopathology, I witnessed an unusual event, something I have never seen before or since. At the same time about a hundred  dermatopathology fellows were taking the exam, at the front of the room, were four esteemed veteran dermatopathologists, all professors and directors of dermatopathology training programs, also taking the same examination. I recognized all of them and one of them was a professor with whom I spent a great deal of time as a fellow.

During the break, this professor came up to me and asked me what I thought of the exam. I sheepishly admitted that I had difficulty with several of the questions, describing the questions to him. He nodded and said, “Don’t worry, we have already thrown out several questions that we all thought were controversial or poorly written. This is why we take the exam with you. You’ll do fine.”

Knowing this professor, with whom I previously worked with and greatly respected, was taking the same exam was very comforting. His reassurance about the difficult questions bolstered my confidence. I breathed a heavy sigh of relief as I returned and finished the examination.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15-16

This event reminds me of the sacrifices of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are confronted with life’s challenges, no matter how bewildering or overwhelming, Jesus understands. He faced the same tests of life and did not fail. He did not sin. But He does so much more! He can directly intervene in our lives and help us when we call upon His name. We are more than conquerors through Jesus who loves us!

Won’t you take that step to trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? He has taken the same tests of life that we face and triumphed for eternity, all for our sake.

Aloha blessings!