Saturday 11 September, 2021

Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

One of the main points of the book of Hebrews is to explain the significance of Jesus’ high priesthood. As modern day Protestant Christians we may not see the value in priesthood since we do not believe that a priest is necessary to mediate our approach to God.

However, scripture teaches us that we all require a priest to approach God. No one is good enough to reach a holy God on their own merits.  The book of Hebrews shows us that Jesus Christ Himself is our priest – our ‘Great High Priest’ who replaces the need to rely on any lesser priests to approach God.

What a beautiful picture we have of Jesus as our great High Priest – ministering from heaven on our behalf, fully understanding our faults and weaknesses and yet beckoning us to come boldly to the throne of God because He has paid the price for our sins.

And what an amazing comfort it is to know that when we do approach the throne of the almighty, perfect, holy God through Jesus, that only mercy and grace awaits us there. 

Today I encourage you to picture yourself as a child approaching your Father God for help and forgiveness – His arms stretched wide to embrace you in your weakness and offer you His love and grace.

Written by Shelley Witt

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