Approaching the Throne of Grace
One of my favorite passages in Scripture is Hebrews 4:14-16. It reads:
” 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (ESV)
This passage speaks about Jesus as our “high priest”. I discussed this topic in Intercession Pt. 1 “Jesus as High Priest” and would encourage you to check it out if you haven’t yet.
Along with Jesus being our high preist this passage also speaks to us coming before his throne with confidence. Sometimes I feel like such a wretch it makes coming before the throne of grace seem like an impossible task. It is easy for me to look only at my sin and my weak flesh instead of my standing with God. When I feel inadequate to approach the throne of grace I need to remember the words of Hebrews 4:14-16.
First, I need to remember that Jesus sympathizes with my weakness. He felt pain and temptation. He knows what it means to be human. Yet, throughout all of his life Christ never once gave in to sin. Christ understands what you and I are going through yet still accepts our requests because he conquered sin by his amazing sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection from the grave.
Secondly, I need to remember that because of Christ’s sacrifice I can approach him with confidence. This can only come by the grace given by God through Jesus’ sacrifice. Christ’s righteousness becomes my righteousness. I am justified before God and thus can come to him anytime any place.
Lastly, I need to remember that God promises that we will receive mercy and grace which will help us in our time of need. God gives his word that we will be equipped to handle anything that gets thrown at us.
Remembering these things have helped me immensely in my spiritual journey and I pray that they will be of help to you as well.