The Power of Grace Ministries

March 20
By understanding the truth that Jesus as our High Priest has overcome all judgments from God against man, we can have peace of heart as we boldly come to His throne of grace in our times of need.  

Hebrews 4:14-16
“14 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. 15 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. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  

Remember the author of Hebrews is writing to Jews that understood and lived the Law of Moses, but had converted over to Christianity only to slide back into the works of the Law. In the Law of Moses no one but the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies, the presence of God. And the High Priest could only go in once a year and that not without much sacrifice for himself first. Only after his own sacrifice for himself, and only if it was accepted by God could he then offer sacrifice for the children of Israel. The High Priest’s sacrifice could only be accepted by God if the High Priest lived as perfect a life according to the Law as possible. If he had made any mistakes during the previous year he would die right there in the Holy of Holies, which is called the inner temple where the Ark was kept. The Holy of Holies is where God designated to be the only place a man could come into His presence and still live. We can read in a historical account written by Josephus during the first century after Jesus that the High Priest always went into the Holy of Holies with a rope tied around one ankle and bells on the hem of his robe. If the bells ever stopped than God had taken his life and the other priests could pull his dead body out since no other person could go in without losing their life.   

This understanding is needed for the Christian reading the next three verses to understand how precious of a gift our relationship to God as His sons and daughters really is. Jesus, who was God in the flesh (John 1:1-3, 14 & 1Tim 3:16), was and is our High Priest having entered into the actual presence of God making intercession for us. Since the High Priest living under the Law of Moses had to abide by every Law and resist all temptations, he understood the difficulties of living in the presence of temptation. Jesus is no different in that He was born and lived under the Law, yet the word says He lived without sin. He also was tempted just as we are tempted. I have heard the question of how was Jesus tempted with the same temptations we are since there are more temptations around us? There may be many times more ways of temptations today than in the day Jesus lived here on earth, but the root of all temptations boil down to just two and possibly just one thing, self-centeredness and unbelief in God or His word. Where I sometimes think there is just one root, unbelief of God or His word is; self-centeredness is fueled by fear and fear comes in by unbelief or lack of knowledge of God and His promises. Understanding the root of all sin helps us believe that Jesus was tempted as we are yet without sin He sits at the right hand of God with compassion for our weakness making intercession for us. This intercession is not a contention with God in effort to keep His anger from wiping us our because of our sin. Jesus is not the roadblock between God and our destruction, remember that it was and is God’s love for man even when we were in sin that He sent forth His Son, born of a woman, to live, and die in our place for our sin so that those of us who believe can have the relationship with our loving Father that He wants. God is not mad at you; it is only because of our fallen sin nature that we cannot have direct communication with God. Without belief in the price paid by Jesus it is impossible for anyone to come into the presence of God and live. Our faith in Jesus makes the way for us to go to God directly and Jesus is there with Him on our behalf. Ephesians 2:4-7 a foundational truth of God’s love for us and the provision for our ability to come boldly into the presence of God as mentioned in Hebrews 4:16. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.