Approach Confidently - Hebrews 4:14-16

When we confess our sins God is faithful and just to purify us from our sins (1 John 1:9). Hebrews 4:14-16 talks about one amazing blessing we receive when we confess our sins and God takes them away and reconciles us. We can draw near to the throne of God with confidence and we receive grace and help.

As we saw last week, Jesus Christ is our high priest. He put an end to sacrifices and sat down at the right hand of God the Father (Heb. 10:11-18). In today’s passage the writer of Hebrews discusses other aspects of Christ’s work as our High Priest. Our High Priest knows our weaknesses and temptations (v. 15). Because Jesus Christ is not just fully God, but also fully human, He knows what it’s like to be weak, to be tempted; though He is without sin (Heb. 4:15). The One who made the perfect sacrifice for us is also One who fully understands why we need it. Our God is not a distant God ruling from afar. No! Our God lowered Himself to become one of His own creations, so that He could fulfill the role of our High Priest and put an end to sin.

The last verse is amazing (v. 16). Because of Christ’s sacrifice we can come into God’s presence confidently. We who were once God’s enemies have the right and privilege of coming into God’s presence. We do not deserve this! We deserve to be cast out of His sight. But God does not give us what we deserve. For those who have received salvation, He gives us what we do not deserve – grace and mercy. We can come before God, and when we are in need, He will give us help. What an amazing God we serve!

Thoughts to Ponder
We do not deserve the ability to come before God or to talk to God, but God gives us what we do not deserve. God desires to give grace and mercy. This is why God Himself, came to earth. He came to bring redemption and reconciliation. Spend some time praising God for His amazing gift and thanking Him that we have the privilege to come to Him and that He helps us with our needs.