Today’s post comes from Hebrews 4.14-16:
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.
The big idea of Hebrews is, “Listen to Jesus.” We must listen to Jesus because He is able to sympathize with us in our weaknesses. We can listen to Jesus because He has been tempted in every respect as we are. We can listen to Jesus because He was tempted to doubt God’s mercy and grace. He was tempted to question God’s will and His love. He was tempted to take vengeance on His enemies. He was tempted to disobey God. And yet in all these temptations Jesus did not sin. He learned obedience in the same way we must learn obedience – through the experience of suffering including having to endure temptation.
A trusted mentor is fond of saying, “When you got life, you got troubles.” Listen to Jesus because when you got life, you got troubles. Listen to Jesus because He knows life and He knows troubles. He knows the pain. He knows the loneliness. He knows. Just as importantly, He knows the way to the throne of grace. He has opened the way for us to follow Him to that throne so that through Him we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
If you know Jesus then hold fast to your confession. Go boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace.
If you do not know Jesus, now is the time for you to give your life to the great high priest so He may usher you to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace in time of need.
You think about that.