“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT
Scripture tells us to “hold firmly to what we believe” because we have confident hope in Christ, our great High Priest. He brings us to the Father, he makes us new and calls us righteous. What makes Jesus so much greater than the high priests of old?
What does it mean for us, that Christ understands our weaknesses? If we want to live like Jesus, how do we react to the weaknesses and struggles of those around us? Does the life and example of Christ give us hope of actually defeating sin, once we receive his life and Spirit?
What does it mean to come boldly before God’s throne? Do we view him as a gracious God, overflowing with welcome for us?
The end of this passage holds a wonderful promise: that we will receive mercy and grace “to help us when we need it most.” What does this say about the open-handedness of the Father? What kind of access do we have to Abba’s good gifts?
Thank you, Jesus. We love you for who you are. You bring us to the throne of the gracious Father, and there, in the radiance of Abba’s smiling face, we receive the mercy, the grace, and the love we need. All the joy that could be desired is poured out freely, so help us draw near to you, God. Holy Spirit, will you remind our forgetful, distracted minds that we have a High Priest that knows and understands all of our weakness. We share in resurrection life, kingdom life, because Christ took our shame and sin. We are free, free to come boldly to the throne and the arms of our Father. Hallelujah! We love you, Lord. Amen.