Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hebrews 4:14-16 -- On An Accessible God

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:14-16

The idea of God is way bigger than we can really comprehend.  The creator of the Universe--of everything.  I mean, that's huge, right?  And sometimes we feel that vastness of difference between ourselves and God and it seems like distance, and an incomprehensibly large barrier to understanding and communication.  I think in this, as in so many other things, Jesus is the perfect intercessor and mediator.  He went through everything that we go through.  He literally suffered our pains and our sins, so he has felt everything that we can possibly feel.  He completely understands us, and knows where we are coming from.  He has compassion for us, and wants to grant us mercy.  And that lessens that emotional and psychological distance a lot, and helps us to understand that even though God is beyond our comprehension in so many ways, he is still accessible to us through the things that we both understand and can collaborate on... our lives.

It still takes work on our parts to reach out to God and to allow him into our lives.  We still have to learn to be better people, but Christ bridges the distance not only between ourselves and God but between life and death, condemnation and forgiveness, and justice and mercy.  He makes salvation not only possible in a general, abstract sense, but he ensures that it is within the grasp of every individual.  He prepared the way.

Today, let's remember that God does feel for us, and understand what we are going through.  He knows we can do it, and he has made it all possible for each of us to succeed.  Let's determine to follow the example that Christ set for us of obedience, devotion, and good works.  Let's turn to him for help and comfort in our quest to change not only our actions but our hearts and our minds--to want what God wants, and to live as he lived as we strive to become Zion people.

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