May 2, 2017

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) — 16 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.

The word ‘so’ is the same as the word ‘therefore’. This means that because of what was said before verse 16 is the reason that we can come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. This is what was said in verse 15:

Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) — 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

Jesus Christ is our high priest. The high priest was the one who came before God on behalf of the people. The high priest was the only one that had access to God in the Holy of Holies > his throne room at the time. Jesus Christ died for our sins. We failed most of life’s tests but Jesus passed them all. We get his grade on the tests. He  wiped our slate clean so now we have access to God because Jesus is our ‘ticket’ into the throne room. Jesus understands our weaknesses. He knows that we will sin. He knows that we will fail from time to time. He knows that we will not live perfect lives. That is why he died for our sins past, present and future.

Can you think of one good reason why you can’t come boldly into God’s throne room? You really shouldn’t be able to. How can you when your record is clean? You might think well I really had a big blow out fight with my wife today or I cheated on a test.  So what? Do you think that surprised God? Did you think that that fight or that cheating wasn’t covered by the blood of Jesus? Thank God for forgiving you and come boldly to the throne room. Didn’t you know that grace and mercy is for people who mess up? Your thought should be, “I messed up, I guess I better hurry on into the throne room”. If it helps think of a sign hanging on the throne room door which says, “All sinners please hurry on in.”

Didn’t Jesus teach us how we would be received by our heavenly Father when he told the story of the Forgiving Father in Luke 15. Here is the response of the Father when his sinful son came home:

Luke 15:20–23 (NLT) — 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast,

Can you think of a good reason why you can’t come boldly to the throne room of our gracious God? I sure hope not.

Be Inspired Hilltop!