14 Since then 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 is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
These verses are so refreshing, so encouraging, and so very hopeful. They are like a breath of fresh air in the midst of so much turmoil and pain. There is hope…promised hope guaranteed by God Himself.
The hope of a High Priest who is able to identify with our weaknesses and struggles, who has been tempted in every respect as we are and yet without sin. Do you see it?
The blessing, the benefit of holding fast to our confession and confidence (3:6)? There is a Throne of Grace and our Loving Savior sits on that Throne to minister mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. You just have to excuse me because this is a “Shout-now, Hallelujah!”
Tell me who is it that does not mercy (not giving us what we deserve) and grace (giving us what we don’t deserve) as we work out our salvation in fear and trembling? As true believers, we are given the great privilege of running to Jesus without fear of rejection or judgment but with confidence in His compassion for His own. He says bring it all right here, every weight, every sin, every trial, every hurt, every need, every care…cast it all right here for I care for you (1 Peter 5:12). Be still and know that I Am God (Psalm 46:10)!
It is a promise not to reject or chastise us but to pour out grace upon grace (John 1:16). “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace (John 1:16).” God is able. Nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 18:27). He has promised to meet our need, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).”
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17