THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
14 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. 15 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. 16 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.
Approach with Confidence
This passage is full of gold! Two times in verse 14 and in verse 15 Jesus is referred to as a “high priest”. Now this title has some major old testament tie-ins but here is the heart of this title: That we have access to God the Father through Jesus Christ. That we can know God and be known by him through our “high priest” Jesus.
In much of the old testament, a high priest would stand in the gap between God and man. Jesus is the great high priest because he too stands in that gap but he does it completely void of sin. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, he was tempted in every respect as we were but did not sin. It is because we have Christ as our high priest that verse 16 states that we should draw near with confidence to the throne of Grace!
I hope that you hear this today, that because of Christ you can approach the throne of God with confidence! Just as a child can go to a parent for a drink of water or for more supper with confidence and purity, we too can approach God for grace and mercy!
Take some time today to approach God’s throne with confidence!
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit Hebrews 4:14-16 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We praise you today that we can approach your throne with confidence. Thank you for Christ Jesus as he stands in the gap perfectly and sinlessly! May we come to you with every want, need, and desire! We long to know you more, Lord! We pray this in the name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.