Access Granted

“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.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Paul encourages us to approach God without fear or apprehension. Many times we approach people in authority to make a request of them. We often don’t know how they may respond to us and consider ourselves at their mercy. Jesus Christ understands what we need and can relate to our struggles. God wants our relationship with him to be one where we know we have free access to him.

Reference is made of the time following Jesus’s crucifixion and death. After Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, “it is finished.” “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.” (Matthew 27:51)

Now the curtains in the temple separated the High Priest who would enter the Holy of Holies to pray and offer sacrifices for the people. Theologians conclude that the significance of the veil being torn suggests, that all have access to the Holy of Holies. It does not matter who we are, what we have done and whether or not we feel worthy. Jesus died to bridge the gap between us and God so that we can enter into his presence without fear.

“And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:” (1 John 5:14)


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