“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 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 4:14-16 (NLT).
What a privilege Jesus has obtained for us—immediate access to God. In His presence, we can speak openly and be honest with ourselves and with Him. Because of Jesus, we know that God hears us. We know that He is for us. He chose to help us, to heal, forgive and save us. So we need not fear that He will judge us nor condemn us. In His presence, we accept His mercy to help us in time of distress, and we accept His grace to overcome. He gave Himself as a living sacrifice so we can draw near to the throne of God with bold confidence. He made it possible for us to have a personal relationship with God. We come as His beloved children, walking through the open door that Christ has provided. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves throughout the world, it’s easy to focus on our frailties. People are tempted to put their trust in human beings and to worry. Let us look to Jesus. He understands our weaknesses. He was tempted just as we are, and He experienced life as we do. Let the Holy Spirit give you understanding and assurance that Jesus Himself gives us access to God’s care and abundant grace. As we enter God’s presence, Christ Jesus Himself is present, pleading there for us” ( Romans 8:34 & Hebrews 7:25 ).