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…
It is not to the throne of judgment, but the throne of grace. When the cotton famine visited Lancashire, and the generosity of the people of this land was shown as it never had been shown before, and the railways were burdened with the generous gifts of all classes, we didn't leave these treasures in the streets for any passer-by to take. Large warehouses were procured, and committees appointed to see that they were given to the proper persons. Now, suppose I had gone into the street at Preston, and met a poor operative looking thin, and poorly clad, and had asked him if he was out of work, and he had replied, "Yes, sir; and have been for two years." I say, "Then I suppose your resources are exhausted, and you can hardly find food for your family? " He answers, "No; I have neither clothes nor food for myself or them, and I don't know what to do." I say, "Why don't you go to the depot and get what you want? There is abundance there." He says, "Ah! but, sir, I haven't a farthing left." I answer, "I know it; and if you had, there are a hundred shops in Preston that would be glad to see you; but this is a place opened for those who have no money, and there is nobody in the world more welcome to the treasures there than yourself." And so with thee, poor sinner. This place is opened on purpose for thee.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.