Devotion and Prayer for Week of November 11, 2012

Meditation for the Week November 11, 2012

 

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us…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

 

In front of a throne can be a pretty intimidating place to stand.  Just think about it.  You can try all you want to get it together, to be calm, cool and collected, but that’s still the king on the throne and you’re still just little old you.  After you open your mouth and speak your piece, how the great sovereign will respond is anyone’s guess.  Will he show concern for your plight, will he have mercy, will he offer the help you need?  Or will he just wave his hand and send you away—or worse?

The throne of the Lord God Almighty would certainly be the most intimidating place of all before which one might stand, except for this one crucial fact:  We have Jesus.

Jesus, God’s Son, was appointed to be high priest forever.  As high priest, Jesus went to the cross in our place, paying the price for every sin when He shed His blood in death.  Jesus’ precious blood cancelled your debt to God, erased your whole record of wrong.  It is done, finished.  Indeed, Jesus’ sacrifice atoned for all people, reconciling our entire race to God.  After He died and was buried our high priest also rose, “passed through the heavens,” and sat down at God’s right hand.  Now on account of Jesus the throne of God is no longer a dreaded, intimidating place, but it has become for us a throne of purest grace and favor.

The message of our text is:  Approach God in every need with perfect confidence, because you have in heaven a great high priest.  You have Jesus.  When you turn to God for help, mercy, and grace, the One on the throne will not wave His hand and send you away.  Never!  He will hear your prayer, show concern for your plight, have mercy upon you, and grant you all necessary help and aid.  For He who sits on the throne is your loving Father, who counts us as His dear sons and daughters, having declared us forgiven in His Son.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Thank You, God my Father, for sending me Jesus and for welcoming me to approach Your throne in the name of Your Son.  Amen.