Key Verse: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,” Hebrews 10:19
Have you ever felt nervous about meeting someone? There are so many thoughts that can run through our minds. Will they like us? Are we dressed right? Often the amount of nervousness we feel is also scaled by the value we place on being accepted by the other person. For example, you probably are not so nervous about meeting the person at the checkout in the supermarket, but the first time you met your partner’s parents was a different experience. We could probably scale that again when it comes to meeting someone who we are a great fan of, or the Queen or President.
How is it them that the writer of Hebrews can say, “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to God’s Throne?”
Hebrews 4:16 AMP says “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]” (Hebrews 4:16 AMP).
Notice these words, grace, mercy, unmerited favor and help. Hebrews 10:19 says, we may enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.
In the Old Testament, only the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. Furthermore, even the high priest could not enter with confidence. He would tie a rope around himself, in case the glory of God’s holiness would kill him. The Most Holy Place was out of bounds for everyone else and including the other priests. The Jews simply could not think about going into the very presence of God, much less, doing it with confidence!
The basis of our confidence has nothing to do with us. We can not approach with any good works or any merit of our own, but only through the merit of Jesus’ blood.
This truth should consequently affect our practice. The exhortation of Hebrews is, “Let us draw near” Do you often draw near to God through His Word and prayer? I’m amazed how easy it is for us to forsake this privilege. For many believers, the only time they read God’s word and spend time in his presence is in church. The only time they pray is when they’re in a crisis. This is not God’s will for us in Christ. Jesus has made the way for us to draw near and approach God as our Father.