Imagine that when you walk into an office to meet the CEO of a MNC, to your surprise you find that his Secretary is someone who knows you and speaks on your behalf to him.
How much more confidence you can have when Jesus himself is interceding for you and speaks on your behalf to God. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body (Hebrews 10:19, 20).”
The cross and his shed blood opened heaven to us also who believe and trust in him. Jesus’ broken body is the entrance to it. The curtain of the temple which was torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:50, 51; Mark 15:37, 38; Luke 23:45) was symbolic of the opening of the doors of heaven to all who trust in the blood of Jesus. Therefore we can approach God with freedom, boldness, and confidence crying out “Abba, Father” like Jesus did (Romans 8:15, 16; Galatians 4:6).
Yes, we are asked to have boldness and freedom to approach the throne of grace. This is because God is seeing the merit of Jesus’ shed blood. God honours the blood of Jesus always.
God wholeheartedly welcomes anyone who comes to him on the basis of Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. Do not look at your past sins nor look at some present goodness in you. Do not look at your unworthiness or some great thing you did for God.
Instead seek to come to God’s presence humbly and with reverence at all times through the blood of Jesus.
You have access to God at all times because his blood is in heaven. “The sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24b) tells us that the blood of Jesus is alive in heaven and speaks words of forgiveness and mercy even today (Abel’s blood would have cried out for vengeance). And Jesus your elder brother and high priest is there to intercede for you (Hebrews 2:17, 18; Hebrews 4:15, 16; Hebrews 7:25).
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