Sunday, September 8, 2013


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.  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.  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.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)

Our sin has separated us from God.  We are God's enemies and His wrath is upon us.  There is nothing we can do to escape this fate.  But there is one who can help those who hold fast to the confession that Jesus is the Son of God.

Jesus is our great high priest.  Instead of offering a sacrifice of animal's blood, He offers up His own blood to cleanse His people.  It is this blood that changes our relationship with God from that of an enemy to His child.

Though Jesus was tempted in every respect the same way that we are tempted, He lived a sinless life.  He is the lamb without blemish.  Because He has faced those temptations, He can sympathize with us, knowing that we are too weak to overcome them.  Jesus is our advocate.  When an accusation is made against us, Jesus points to his blood and declares us clean.

Because of these facts, we can draw near to God's throne.  Instead of a throne of judgment, it becomes a throne of grace and mercy.  Instead of approaching the throne as an enemy, we approach it confidently as a child of God.

Confess your sins to God and receive the forgiveness that comes through the cross.  Even now God will give you pardon.  You can have assurance before your creator.  This promise is for all who have faith in Jesus.  Believe this good news today and be set free from the bondage of sin.  Trust in Jesus and He will give you eternal life.

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