Confidence to Stand before God - Hebrews 10:19-25

In the temple there was a special room which one person (the high priest) was allowed to enter only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (see Monday’s devotional). They entered through the doorway, which was a veil, with a bowl of blood which they sprinkled on the Ark of the Covenant. This room was sacred. A holy ground set apart for God unlike any other place.

With that information in mind, read verse 19: “We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus.” Wow. This is how much Christ’s sacrifice changed things. We no longer need one person to stand before God on our behalf. We—you and me—stand in this holy place now – confidently. No longer is there a veil that separates us from God. This is not achieved by our own merit, but by Christ’s blood.

There is no longer anything to separate us from God. We have the ability to stand confidently in His presence. How amazing! Jesus, our High Priest, took down the veil and He cleansed us from our sins. Those of us who have received the salvation God offers have the ability to stand firm in this because we know that Jesus is faithful. His sacrifice is permanent – for all time.

Thoughts to Ponder
Spend some time dwelling on and praying through the exhortation in the last few verses.

“And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. (NET)