“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
The last part of chapter four mainly conveys encouraging messages to everyone. We have a great High priest that is our Jesus. There were many High Priests in the Old Testament, Aaron being the first one but none were described as the ‘ great’ high priest other than Jesus. He was the only one who passed through heavens and is seated on the right hand side of God the Father. He is the Son of God and is without Sin. Jesus is the only one who has been welcomed into the throne of grace and he will welcome all of us also to this place.
Whenever we face any sort of temptation and crisis in life we can approach Jesus freely as he has lived like us in a physical body and faced the same temptations and tribulations like us. So he always understands us the best and considers our weaknesses.
Often in the Old Testament the High Priests imposed harsh punishments upon sinners when they were approached as they all obeyed the Law of Moses and the consequences of most sins were death. Jesus was quite different. He was called the great high priest as he came to earth and lived like human beings but he never sinned despite being tempted to. He always overcame sin and never fell into temptations put forth by the devil.
The devil put forward many shortcuts to Jesus but since they were not from God they lead to nothing but death. Being tempted is not a sin but falling into temptation is sin.
In the Old Testament we see many received mercy and favour but never grace.
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”
In the New Testament we see grace and truth. This became available through Jesus. Only Jesus can provide grace. It is important to understand the difference between mercy and grace.
Mercy is when the penalty which we deserve is eliminated or taken away due to God’s mercy and it is by which we escape the punishment that we deserve.
Grace however refers to the empowerment that enables us to not sin. Many blessings we get are what we do not deserve but we get due to this grace. Grace is always benefiting our present condition while mercy was due to past sins .
Jesus never needed mercy while he was living on earth. The grace of Jesus was then transferred to his disciples and many gifts from God. The grace of Jesus is sufficient for us through which we will be saved also.
In the Old Testament the throne of Grace could only be entered by the high priest once a year and that also after a lot of preparation and prayer for the sacrifice of the nations’ sins. Jesus opened the throne of Grace for everyone and all are welcome to enter this throne of grace anytime as he is always present at the right hand of Father.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”
Jesus can be approached whenever we need help without any doubt. We are welcome to his throne and you can go there constantly and confidently . You can go there with as much simplicity as you can or as you are and request fervently for your request .
Our Lord Jesus will never betray us; he will always welcome us to him with love and grace.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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