Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Hebrews 4:12-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested[a] as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
The writer of Hebrews has an image of Jesus that would speak to anyone who knew about the religious practices prior to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A. D. The high priest entered the holy of holies, the inner part of the temple, every year on the Day of Atonement and represented the people before God. The writer says that Jesus is the great high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.
It’s a powerful image of Jesus because it reminds us that “God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:19, CEB) Meditate on that for a moment. No matter what, no matter who you are, no matter what mistakes you have made and no matter where your life has taken you, Jesus is our great high priest. Because of that, we can “approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Is this a time of need for you? Approach the throne of grace with boldness. Is there something for which you need forgiveness? Approach the throne of grace with boldness. Do you have need for a new beginning? A fresh start? Approach the throne of grace with boldness!
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster