Where can we turn when we need help, when we find ourselves in a time of need? We can find the answer to this in the letter to the Hebrews:
Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help. (Hebrews 4:16, NET)
That same verse in the Good News Translation (GNT) reads:
Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.
What a wonderful promise! There is grace at the throne of God and, when we approach His throne of grace, we can be assured that His mercy and grace will be given to us to help us through whatever it is we are going through. We don’t have to approach the throne timidly or hesitantly. We can approach God’s throne confidently! How do we know that? In this verse, there is a word that points us to the answer to that question. In the NET, as well as other translations, that word is “therefore,” a word which means “for that reason” or “because of that.” That word is pointing us to the two verses which precede Hebrews 4:16:
Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14–15, NET)
We can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence because, in Jesus, we have a great high priest. He is not a high priest that cannot empathize with what we are going through. Rather, He is a high priest who fully understands our human weaknesses. He is a high priest who has been tempted just as we are but is without sin. Jesus’ faithfulness, shown through His death on the cross, has provided us access to the throne of God, and it is His faithfulness that allows us to approach God with confidence and boldness (Ephesians 3:12).
When we confess Jesus as Lord of our lives, His sacrifice for us provides access to the throne, and His ability to understand our weaknesses, our pain, and our hurts enables us to approach the throne with confidence.
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