Jesus Our High Priest
“Therefore, since 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 One who has been tempted in all things
as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence
to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace
to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
Have you ever sinned and felt that you had to “make things
right” before you could come to God? You knew that God was
holy and just, so you desperately tried to “become righteous” before
coming to him so that you wouldn’t offend him.
It’s strange how we can get the most basic truths backward.
Jesus came, died for us, rose from the dead, and serves now and
forever as our high priest because we sinned. Because we cannot
make things right on our own. Because there is no way we could
possibly avoid offending God.
When you sin, don’t focus on the sin, and don’t focus
on yourself. Don’t try to “make things right” on
your own. Ironically, your very efforts are keeping you away from
the God you crave fellowship with, because they are your efforts.
Instead, remember Jesus: your high priest. Your intercessor. Your
advocate before the Father. He is sympathetic to your weakness.
He came because of your sin. None of this is a surprise to him.
Because of what he did on the cross, you can come with confidence
to him. Did you hear that? With confidence! Not with worry or fear,
but with confidence, knowing that he is ready, willing, and able
to provide you with all the grace and mercy you need to forgive
your sin and overcome it forever. He is ready to help in your time
- Do you have a sin you need to bring before the Lord?
- What has
been stopping you from doing so?
Picture in your mind Jesus as your high priest. Imagine his compassionate
eyes, his confident stance, his outstretched arms, his scarred
hands. Place your sin in his hands. Allow him to take the sin from
you. Open your hands and to receive the mercy and grace you need