In this section of scripture, we cover quite a few different books. One of my favorites is the Book of Hebrews. This book is so rich from discussions on faith, true rest, true sacrifice, the discipline of God, to simply how much better Jesus is than any other way to righteousness, if any other way were possible.
In chapter 4, Jesus is shown as our true High Priest and we are given many reasons why He is better than any other priest. Towards the end of the chapter, Jesus is shown as our compassionate High Priest. He is compassionate because He can sympathize with all the temptations we face. Because of this, we are left with a commandment/promise.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) — 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It is a verse to which I cling. Look carefully at what this says. If you have kids, picture them. Have you ever noticed that your kids know they have total access to you. They burst in anytime they need something. It doesn’t matter if you are in a meeting, on the phone, or taking a bath. They run to you the moment they need anything. That is exactly what this verse is talking about.
We can burst in before the throne of God! It says to “come boldly”. That means come without fear, come with purpose, come anytime. How amazing it is that the God of the Universe says we can come boldly to Him at anytime. So who has this right? Who can come boldly? If you ask any person, any Christian, I imagine you would get the same answer: The person walking with God and following God and spending time with God is the one who can come boldly. The good Christian can come boldly.
But, that isn’t what the Bible says. Look again at what we are coming to get: mercy and grace in a time of need. Why would we need mercy and grace? Because we are sinners. It is the sinner who needs to burst in before the throne to get mercy and grace in the time of need. It is not the righteous that needs to come boldly, but the sinner. It is so easy for us to turn our face from God in shame when we are in sin. We seem to think that we need to get right first before coming to God. Don’t be foolish. That is backwards. We can’t “get right” unless we come to God. That is why His throne is open to us at all times. I remember hearing these words from God once: “Don’t run from Me when you sin. Run to Me!”
What a wonderful God we have that says to run to Him in the moment of sin. He is not there to condemn but to save.
In His Service, Scott
The Final Week’s Reading Plan (8 days):
- Day 1 – 1 John 1-5
- Day 2 – 2 John – Jude
- Day 3 – Revelation 1-3
- Day 4 – Revelation 4-8
- Day 5 – Revelation 9-12
- Day 6 – Revelation 13-16
- Day 7 – Revelation 17-19
- Day 8 – Revelation 20-22