“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 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 4:14-16 NKJV
When the world considers God, it conjures up the image of a “cosmic killjoy”, who does not want people to be happy and is waiting to zap people with fiery judgement. As a result, humanity maintains a distance from God. Yet even in that distance, man has set about creating god after god, to address the reality that we humans are wired to worship. We make gods in our own image, that we feel address our need for worship, but does not get in the way of our pursuit of pleasure. We tailor the rules for the self-made god, to allow us to live in the most debase way possible, limited by our own sense of shame. The standards are self reflective, so we always look good.
The true and Holy God is a perfect god. He is most holy and worship of Him is to be in the Spirit. On the surface, it appears to be an impossiblity, and all too often people turn from the Lord and choose not to worship at all. I was one of those. I worshipped the god of self and suffered for it. I thought I was all that, and was really not. It was easy to please my god, though life consequences pointed out its weaknesses. Then I encountered Jesus. God brought me to the end of myself and I was brought low. I came to the reality that I was a sinner, bound for hell and my worst enemy.
I entered this walk of faith with a mountain of strongholds, and deep sins, and no sense that I could ever become a good believer. In that great transaction brought through salvation, where my dead, smelly spirit was traded for the Holy Spirit, I began to find the strength to change. I also began to understand what Jesus had done for me on the cross. God came down to live as one of us, face all the temptations and all the struggles, but did not sin. He is not a High Priest, remote, high and removed from us, but one who has suffered all the things that we go through. He is also intimate, and with us.
He met me where I was, at my darkest and most filthy, saved me and began cleaning my heart. He surrounded me with other believers, who loved me through my sinfulness, but held me accountable to change. True love supports, but it also urges one on holiness and good works.
I know that Jesus knows my weakness, my struggles, and my fears, He is there for me, walking me through each day. He is full of compassion, but uses conviction and His word to remind me of His standard. He is my Blessed Redeemer, my Wonderful Savior, God of my refuge. In Him, I have access to the throne of grace. I receive mercy and don’t get what I deserve, instead, I receive grace, and I inherit the Kingdom of God.
Believers, we have great High Priest! Regardless of what you may be facing, you can know that you are in the care of a Glorious Savior, who knows you, loves and has the power to change you. Jesus is the bondage breaker, the changer of souls. Confess your sins today and know that God can transform you. He will complete His work in you, even though you might feel as though you are facing an uphil battle.
Those of you who know not this great High Priest, you can come to know Him. Pray and ask Him to forgive your sins. He will save you from eternity in Hell, and begin the process of making you into a new creation. The Holy Spirit will empower you, and His word will transform you. He will use his Church, to provide the examples and fellowship to manifest change in your life.
God boldly to the throne today! I amazed at the access I have been given to the God of the Universe. God has blessed me to have desire to lift others to the throne. Believers, avail yourself of that access today. Come boldy!