Holding firmly to your confession
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:15 NLT
The writer of Hebrews continues to emphasize the importance of holding on firmly to one’s belief. It is our confession of Jesus that we are sustained facing difficult challenges in our Christian lives. This is why we have to grow deeper in our understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ as our great High Priest. Our Lord Jesus Christ is able to understand and sympathize with all the things we go through in life. It was astounding to read in God’s Word that the Lord Jesus Christ entered this world facing all the sufferings. This was unparalleled for through His experiences, the reality about His incarnation was highlighted. This is what the writer of Hebrews conveyed earlier in the book. “Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). Only by becoming like us that Jesus will convey to us that God cares for He understands and sympathizes with us. As the writer of Hebrews says referring to Jesus’ incarnation, “he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” It will be difficult for us to understand the agony and pain He went through because He did not give in to temptation thus, He was without sin. Because of what Christ did, we can “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.” We can pour out to God our hearts without hesitation and fear. We come to His throne for in His presence “we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” We receive mercy to cover all our past failures and we receive grace so we can move forward following His will for our lives. His help comes not on our own timing but on His timing knowing that His answer will “help us when we need it most.” Let us not deprive ourselves of this great blessing and opportunity because we did not come to His throne of grace. We can only confess what we believe. If you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray and come to Him in faith.