Grace Found at God’s Throne
GodReflection: Breathing Grace
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
The sermon to Hebrew followers of Jesus was not meant to alarm, scare, or startle. However, they needed to know that God was aware completely of their walk on the pages of history.
Decades had past and Jesus still hadn’t returned. The sermon was to encourage.
My guess is that some followers of Christ at times have entertained the same doubts as the Hebrew Christians. Is it worth the effort to remain faithful? What if we are wrong? What if Jesus never comes back?
And so the Hebrew expositor begins.
The Son is higher than Angels. The Son is superior to Moses. The Son is the Greatest High Priest that has ever lived or ever will live. Remember, it is only by his priesthood that anyone can stand as just in God’s sight.
Remember the cross. Remember the blood that provided a once for all times sacrifice for sin. Remember the Holy promises. Remember that God’s breath of grace can only be obtained through faith and trust in the Son.
Persevere, don’t ever—no never—give up. Don’t take lightly the consequences of falling away from the flock and the Good Shepherd. Remember the stadium of witnesses, martyrs, and faithful of past ages who cheer for you. They want you to finish the race and be crowned by the Son.
Live in the “Today.”
And so the sermon speaks to me:
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, 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 empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
To learn to imbibe the above realities opens to me the throne room of Creator God.
It’s rather amazing to comprehend that I—little ole nothing me—received the privilege to enter the palace of Creator God and walk direct into His throne room to speak with the I AM anytime I choose.
He issued special Press Credentials with grace stamped prominently for me to flash before the angels and walk directly into His presence day or night. Each time He smiles when I enter the room.
He shows interest as I thank Him again and again for the special relationship. Patiently, He listens attentively as I share the concerns and challenges of living in a fallen Adam body and dodging Satan’s thorns over my walk along life’s trail.
I see the twinkle in His eye as He hears the anticipation in my voice when we converse about the next reality.
God’s availability to me is affirmed by the Hebrew sermon as it reaches the crescendo on a note of grace:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Grace Found at God’s Throne.