Sunday 13 April, 2014

Hebrews 4:14-16

14 We have a great high priest. He has gone up into the heavens. He is Jesus the Son of God. So let us hold firmly to what we say we believe. 15 We have a high priest who can feel it when we are weak and hurting. We have a high priest who has been tempted in every way, just as we are. But he did not sin. 16 So let us boldly approach the throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.

Jesus is our great High Priest.  A priest is a mediator between man and God – a bridge if you like.

Jesus has entered heaven with God while we are still down here on earth.  Jesus is God’s son.  He understands our weaknesses and our trials and tribulations yet he did not sin.  The fact that Jesus “gets us” (he’s been here) and did not sin (perfect and holy) allows believers to approach God’s throne confidently. Jesus is both fully God and fully man. Understanding this allows believers to approach God and receive his mercy and assistance. God is gracious.

We can forget that Jesus is our great High Priest.  Forget that he really does understand how we feel and what we face.  It seems to be easier to remember that Jesus did not sin.  Perhaps because no one else has achieved this!  Understanding both truths enables us to approach God confidently.  If we keep this understanding at the forefront of our minds we are more likely to go to God to receive his mercy and help. Let’s not be robbed of the opportunity – Go to God boldly, and go often!

Dear God, thank you that Jesus is our great High Priest.  He is the perfect mediator.  Let nothing hold us back from approaching you for help, mercy and grace.  Amen

Written by Ainslie Woods

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