with Boldness for
Grace and Mercy
The main argument of the Epistle of Hebrews is that we
have a great High Priest (Heb. 4:14; 1:3; 2:17f; 3:1; 4:14-12:3). Jesus has passed
through the upper heavens to the throne of God (1:3). The writer of Hebrews makes it clear
that Aaron was a high priest, but Jesus Christ is the great High
Priest. No Old Testament priest could ever assume that awesome title.
Jesus is great because He is both God and man. He is
Jesus, the Son of God. He is the Savior who became flesh, and He is the
Son of God. Jesus affirmed His humanity and His deity. As a great High Priest Jesus
has passed through the heavens and ascended to the Father. He is enthroned. It
is His throne of grace to which we go as believers.
On the Day of Atonement the high priest of Israel would go
behind the veil and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat (Lev. 16). However, every
believer in Jesus Christ is encouraged to come boldly unto the throne of grace
where He ministers grace and mercy. We are invited to go to our High Priest at any time,
in any circumstance, indeed daily, and find help in our need. There is no trial too great,
or temptation too strong that our great High Priest cannot give us His grace and strength.
“Let us draw near” to our great High Priest
“that we may receive mercy.” Where do you turn when you have a sense of
sin and guilt and unworthiness? When we go to Jesus we receive mercy.
Jesus did not give us what we deserve, but what we do not deserve. At
the throne we experience and learn that God pardons, loves and accepts
us in His grace.
Grace is the power of God working in us. At
the throne of grace He gives us strength in the inner life to conquer
temptation. The grace of God is always well-timed. It comes just when we
need it. We find the infinite mercy of God's love and grace working in
us when we come to His throne.
Moreover, we are not just encouraged to go to the throne when
we are in need. We are to draw near with boldness. We have confidence to
enter. The blood of Jesus gives us perfect confidence in drawing near to our
righteous Father. We enter in with boldness and confidence because we enter covered with
the perfect righteousness of Christ.
Jesus encourages us to enter in with the highest
of confidence, and the unhesitating assurance that there is nothing that can hinder
us. The writer of Hebrews has in mind our drawing near
to Gods throne without fear, without doubt, with no other feeling but that
which a child feels in going to his loving father.
The Scriptures admonish us to draw near with
boldness. Jesus the Son of God is our High Priest. We do not have to
work ourselves up emotionally or psych ourselves up to enter into his
presence. No, the living, loving High
Priest, who is able to sympathize and give grace for timely help, breathes and works this
boldness in the soul that is willing to lose itself in Him. All that He asks of us is to
make ourselves available to Him. This boldness is natural when we are gazing with our eyes
fixed upon Him! Jesus, found and experienced within our heart by faith, is our boldness.
As the Son, whose house we are will dwell within us, and by His Spirits working, He
will be our boldness and our entrance to the Father.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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