Friday, May 18, 2007

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

This morning I am reflecting on Jesus and what it means to us that Jesus has been tempted, like us, but did not sin. The author of Hebrews asks his readers to “hold firmly” to their faith, (v. 14) which means that they were seemingly in danger of wavering. It’s sad to see those we love slip away from a once strong faith. Here, the author of Hebrews admonishes us to reflect on Jesus as our high priest to keep our faith strong.
Discouragement can indeed cause a person to slip away from the faith. Sad times can cause Satan to gain a foothold, even temporarily or even on a daily basis. However, this passage points out that whatever sadness we encounter, Christ can sympathize. He has faced what we face, and more importantly, there is one big difference between us and Christ; He never sinned.
The author goes on to say, knowing that Christ can help us, let us approach God’s throne with confidence. He calls it “the throne of grace,” grace being unmerited favor. In other words, we don’t deserve God’s help but He gives grace, and mercy.
The one important thing we need to do is ask. Approach the throne of grace, ask for mercy and grace. We need to spend time with God in quiet, first thanking Christ and then asking for His help on our journey. Let’s take also the “smaller moments” to dedicate our day and our thoughts and actions to Him. Let’s not forget to ask.

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