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Grace To Help

Grace To Help

11 December 2009

Scripture:

14 …We have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT)

Like the Jewish Christ followers to whom this book-letter was written, I still wrestle with simple faith versus performance-based religion. For them it was faith in Jesus plus ritual religious practices. For me it’s more faith in Jesus plus doing all the things I’m supposed to do and not doing all the things on the bad list.

That’s why this is such an encouraging thing for me to read about Jesus, my High Priest – the one who represents me to God and God to me.

• Jesus is not only aware of, but he understands my weaknesses! Stop for a moment and think about that. He understands your weaknesses. With compassion.
• Jesus faced temptation and testing, loneliness and rejection, pain and frustration. He truly understands the challenges I face. Stop and think about that. He understands your challenges. With compassion.
• I can come boldly to God’s throne of Grace, not throne of Judgment! Because of Jesus, God’s throne is a throne of Grace, not of Judgment. We approach the throne of God with gratitude and confidence, not shame and fear.
• He is freely offering mercy for my mess-ups and grace for my journey. At God’s throne we will receive mercy for our sins! Think about it. At God’s throne we will find grace to drop our burden of frustration and failures, square our shoulders, and step out boldly again on the journey of faith.

Jesus knows the struggle and really understands. He offers mercy when I mess up and help when I’m trying to get it right.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for mercy and help so freely offered in the hands of Jesus. Today I renew my faith in Jesus alone and my determination to turn away again from performance-based, “Jesus plus” religion. At the hands of Jesus I receive mercy for failure and grace to help me keep going. Today. Thank you. Amen.

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