Approaching the Throne of Grace: The Confidence We Have in Christ

Hebrews 4:16 is one of my favorite verses. It reminds me that I don’t have to wonder if I’m good enough for God (on my own, I’m not). When I back up a couple of verses, it reminds me of who Jesus is and why He is good enough. In this verse, the author writes, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” This verse encapsulates a profound truth about our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It reassures us that, because of who Jesus is and what He has done, we can approach God with confidence, seeking mercy and grace.

To fully grasp the depth of this invitation, let’s look at what it means and use an analogy to illuminate its significance.

Understanding Hebrews 4:16

Again, the context of this verse lies in the earlier verses of Hebrews chapter four, where the author elaborates on Jesus as our great high priest. Unlike the earthly high priests who entered the Holy of Holies once a year to atone for the sins of the people, Jesus entered the true heavenly sanctuary once and for all with His own blood, securing eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12). He is both fully divine and fully human, understanding our weaknesses and sympathizing with our struggles (Hebrews 4:15).

Because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice and His ongoing intercession for us at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34), we are encouraged to come boldly before God’s throne. This throne, once a place of judgment, has become a “throne of grace” because of Christ’s atoning work.

An Analogy: The King’s Invitation

Imagine a grand kingdom ruled by a benevolent and wise king. This king lives in a magnificent castle, where he governs his realm and meets with his subjects. In the past, approaching the king was an intimidating task. Only the most important officials and nobility could enter his throne room, and even they did so with trepidation, knowing the seriousness of standing before such a powerful figure.

Now, imagine that the king has a beloved son, the prince. The prince, who is kind and approachable, often mingles with the common people, understanding their lives and struggles. One day, the prince announces that anyone who wishes to speak with the king can now do so freely. Not only that, but the prince himself will accompany them, ensuring they are welcomed and heard.

This changes everything. Knowing the prince and his relationship with the king transforms the once daunting prospect of approaching the throne. People come with confidence, not because of their own status, but because of their relationship with the prince. They trust that through the prince, they will find favor and grace.

Our Access Through Jesus

In this analogy, the king represents God, the prince represents Jesus, and we are the common people who can now approach the throne with confidence. Jesus, through His life, death, and resurrection, has opened the way for us to come to God. He stands as our mediator, ensuring that we are accepted and our needs are heard.

This analogy helps us understand the transformative power of Jesus’ role in our relationship with God. We don’t come to God based on our own merit but because of who Jesus is and what He has done. This gives us boldness and assurance.

Living in the Light of This Truth

Understanding that we can approach God’s throne with confidence should deeply impact our lives. It encourages us to:

  1. Pray Boldly: We can bring our needs, fears, and hopes to God, knowing we will find mercy and grace.
  2. Trust Fully: Our confidence is not in ourselves but in Jesus, who continually intercedes for us.
  3. Live Freely: We are liberated from the fear of judgment, assured of God’s love and acceptance through Christ. While this is not an invitation to live in any other way than striving for holiness, it does give us a freedom to rest in God’s love.

Hebrews 4:16 invites us into a profound relationship with God, grounded in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Like the subjects of the benevolent king who are now welcomed into the throne room by the prince, we too can draw near to God’s throne of grace with confidence, assured of His mercy and help in our time of need. This transformative access is a testament to the love and grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. When we grasp the magnitude of that love and grace, our lives change. God knows our failures, sure, but He knows His love is greater than our failures.

It is this profound relationship that brings this passion project to you. My hope is that you will find encouragement on this site for your day, knowing that God loves you. My prayer is that you have the same profound relationship with the One who loves you enough to give His best so that He could know you. If you do not, I would love to chat with you more.

Ephesians 6:24

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