Jesus became the once-and-for-all High Priest who paved the way for unholy man to be able to reach a HOLY GOD.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (MSG)
14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Hebrews 4: 14-16 AMPLIFIED VERSION
14. Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. 15. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. 16. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
Paul goes to great lengths in this passage to prove that Jesus once and for all became the only High Priest we will ever need to atone for our sins. But here he is trying to convince those who had followed the law devoutly for generations, so it wasn’t always easy to change their way of thinking.
In the Old Testament, the High Priest was an earthly man that was chosen by God. He was given specific instructions as to how each particular sacrifice was to be made. Once a year the High Priest was to go before God in the Holy of Holies and before the Mercy Seat to make a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people. This was a huge ordeal and the atonement that was made for their sins lasted until the next year at the same time.
The High Priest could only go into the Holy of Holies where the Mercy Seat was on the Day of Atonement which came once a year. He prepared for many days so that he could be holy when he went into the room. He wore bells on the bottom of his outfit and they tied a rope around his leg. It was a must that he be holy and without sin when he entered the room to atone for the sins of Israel. He knew that if he had sin in his life, he would be struck dead upon entering the room. A holy God could not look upon sin in this His Holy Place. If the people did not hear the bells tinkling, after a certain period of time they were to drag his body out with the rope that was attached to his leg.
This must have been an anxious time for the people until they learned that their sins had been forgiven and everything was good between them and God again.
So for His first 30 years Jesus grew up from infant to man, learned a trade, interacted with others, ate meals, and lived everyday life just like you and me. He experienced every range of emotion that we do, and gave us an example of how to live a victorious Christian life.
So we can never say that God doesn’t know what we are going through, or that He is a cold and impersonal God who doesn’t care about our every need. Jesus is God-in-the-flesh, and He knows us better than we know ourselves.
In verse 16, the Bible says that we can “boldly go before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy…” (KJV)
When God gave instructions to Moses for setting up the Tabernacle, He told him that one of the articles to be made was a Mercy-Seat. This was to be placed in the Holy of Holies. It had two cherubim made of gold, and with outspread wings, that were placed upon it. This was to be the place where God Himself would live, so that they could actually see the manifestation of His Presence as they lived in the wilderness on their way to the land He had promised to give them.Paul is saying here that the New Covenant believers don’t have to worry about physical sacrifices. Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we have the right to come boldly before Gods Throne and ask Him for what we need. We don’t have to approach Him with fear and trembling, and we can come to Him at any time of the day or night as many times as we desire.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, believe He died for your sins and rose again, and believe He is the only way to Heaven, God has promised that He will always be there for you in your every moment of need. Jesus will intercede for you before your Heavenly Father. What an awesome thing that is!
“Draw near to the throne of grace” means to keep on coming over and over with a reverent approach. The Bible promises that God will give us the help we need at just the right time.
We are His children, and He cares greatly for us!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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