Mercy and Grace
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, 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 sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:12-16
Think of everything this passage tells us about Jesus:
He is our high priest – our personal high priest who knows us individually and loves us totally.
He sympathizes with us – far from scorning our weakness or being a punishing figure, he has complete sympathy for us because of our weaknesses.
He knows what it is like to be tempted, tested, and tried – he is no far off God, distant and removed, but personal, present, and involved … he involved himself to the uttermost.
He is without sin – so he is completely trustworthy, reliable, safe, and secure.
His throne is one of grace for us – not of judgment.
He is waiting to pour out his mercy and grace in our time of need – he wants us to ask for his help, because he so much desires to give it.