14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens —Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
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Jesus, the perfect high priest! He is fully in touch with us and fully in touch with God; He perfectly knows us and perfectly knows God. He brings the voice of God to us, and ushers us into the very presence of God. How exciting it is to see the sheer greatness, the absolute deity of Jesus.
Therefore! We can walk right up to Him and receive what He is so ready to give. With confidence and boldness we can come into His presence. This is such positive encouragement to us to hold firmly to our faith, belief and trust in Jesus the Christ, and to enjoy the benefits that His priestly work has made available.
Jesus is not like the Old Testament Jewish priests who had to continually pass behind the veil of the temple to meet with God for the people. Jesus has passed through every heaven that there may be, and has come into God's Heavenly presence. Jesus is so great and wonderful that even Heaven is too small a place for Him.
He has gone through everything we go through, all of our human experience, except He emerged completely sinless. He has complete identity with mankind. Through His temptations, victory, suffering, death and resurrection He has shown the gift of sympathy, the quality of mercy, and the ability to help us. What a Savior and Lord!
Because of Him we can come to the very throne of grace and bounty. We can experience God's sovereignty as well as His compassion. In Jesus, God shows His face, bares His very heart, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help in time of need. Because of Jesus we can find favor in His presence. God is not against us...He is for us.
All of us are hurting, have been hurting, or are about to hurt; our time of need is always. God can supply every need, based on His riches gloriously provided through Christ Jesus. His riches for me have thankfully included caring for me through three bouts with cancer, two heart attacks, husband Bill's passing from earth to Heaven, healthy births of three godly children, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, and other unexpected life experiences, both good and bad! I can truly trust Him the rest of the way, all the way to Heaven.
Who among us can refuse such an invitation? So with confidence and boldness, let us take the mercy, accept the help, enjoy the benefits that Jesus' priestly work has made available.
- One day every knee will bow. Don't wait! Let's do that today: praise, thanksgiving, confession and intercession for others.
- This passage is a wonderful one to pray back to God. As Donald Whitney says, this kind of praying conversation with God keeps prayer from ever becoming "same old, same old....boring!!" It has revitalized my prayer times.
- Don't be hesitant to pray about everything. Talk with our great High Priest first, because He knows how you feel and can identify in every way.
- Sing a song of Praise to Jesus for His absolute deity, greatness, love, power....
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. There's just something about that Name!
Master, Savior, Jesus...like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and earth proclaim.
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,a
But there's something about that Name! (Gloria and Bill Gaither)
- Meditate with me on this "Divine Something" that is explained in the great passage from Hebrews 4!!