Anchor of Promise #40 “He Knows”
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that 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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come BOLDLY to the throne of GRACE, that we may obtain MERCY and find GRACE to HELP in times of need.”
It is so interesting to read about the Jewish culture and what they did for customs. A High Priest was someone who was only allowed to go into the section of the Tabernacle called the “Holy of Holies” where God dwelt. His job was very serious and had to be done perfectly There is also a veil that separated this room from other priests that would go into the temple to offer sacrifices. (The most important duty of the high priest was to conduct the service on the Day of Atonement, the tenth day of the seventh month of every year. Only he was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place behind the veil to stand before God. Having made a sacrifice for himself and for the people, he then brought the blood into the Holy of Holies and sprinkled it on the mercy seat, God’s “throne” (Leviticus 16:14-15). He did this to make atonement for himself and the people for all their sins committed during the year just ended (Exodus 30:10). It is this particular service that is compared to the ministry of Jesus as our High Priest (Hebrews 9:1-28).-gotquestions.org)
In these verses we see that Paul talks about another “High Priest” being Jesus. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice on the cross. He said “it is finished” (John 19:30) signifying that what He accomplished on the cross as payment for every ones sin was enough to end the sacrificing. It also tells us that He is now “seated” at the right hand of God.(Mark 16:19) Meaning this sacrifice was so perfect, that He was the first High Priest to be able to sit down and be done. The veil in the temple was torn in two when Jesus died, symbolizing that now we have direct access to God, there is nothing in between anymore, because of what Jesus did. (Mark 15:38)
I love these verses that talk about “now that we have a High Priest who can sympathize with us.” I don’t know about you but I get pretty excited knowing that Jesus can relate to me! Jesus knows what it is to be homeless ( He had no place for His head), He knows what it means to be hungry, tempted (yet He did not sin, showing to us that we can also have victory over sin), poor, hated, mistreated, mocked, happy, sad, scared etc.
Because He can sympathize with us, we can then come BOLDLY before His throne and talk to Him about our problems, trials, failures in sin, dreams, hopes, plans. He isn’t a God who can’t relate or is prideful in withholding a listening ear. HE WANTS us to come to Him! Not only does it say “come boldly”, but Paul calls His throne the “throne of Grace”. He knows we are going to mess up. He wants us to experience His mercy and grace. He wants to be our help in time of need.
Be encouraged today that the Creator of this world can relate to you. In whatever situation you are in, He knows and He cares. He wants to extend His nail scarred hands of grace and hold you in His arms of mercy. Call on Him BOLDLY and know that He loves when you talk to Him. It may have been a while since you have spoken to Him because of guilt making you feel you are not wanted by Him. God wants you to always have open communication with Him. He only wants to see you succeed. He may be telling your heart, “I miss you. I cannot wait for you to come back to me.” or He may be saying “You need my help again today, please ask me for it I want to!” whatever the case is you and I need to come to the throne of Grace and be daily asking for this amazing mercy Jesus offers!