Thursday, July 14, 2011

Approaching the Throne of Grace

"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. 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." (Hebrews 4:14-16)

The gospel makes it possible for sinners like you and me to approach the throne of grace confidently because our great High Priest Jesus Christ has given us access. This should produce a great joy inside of us as we see the glorious price paid in order to speak to the God who created everything. As the youth have been preparing for the two missions trips coming up our youth pastor, George Lawson, has been reminding us constantly: "Prayer is not a waste of time." So true. We have a great honor to talk to the God of the universe yet we so often do not. May we remind ourselves of the gospel daily so we can remember the great price paid in order for sinners to approach the throne of grace.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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