A Blood Bought Fellowship
Note: Today’s bible reading is Hebrews 10. We’re on week 9 of the 5 Day Bible Reading Plan. We’ll finish Hebrews on Friday and jump into Colossians next Monday!
I think it’s one of those thoughts that usually stays towards the back of our minds. If you’re a good churchy person you’d never say it. I don’t like to admit that I still struggle with such basic elements of my faith, but I do. It steals my joy. It makes my days more stressful. It keeps me from the one thing that I want the most. If I let this little lie creep in, it crushes my fruitfulness as a Christian. What lie am I talking about? The lie that yesterday’s failures should limit today’s prayers.
We enter this cycle of not praying because we don’t feel close enough to God because of our sin. And yet we feel far from God and have no solution to our sin because we do not pray. What we are forgetting is the very essence of the Christian faith. We are forgetting the reality that we relate to God not through our own merit, but through Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. “
– Hebrews 10:19–23 ESV
We come into the very presence of God through Jesus’ blood. There’s something about the language of these verses that almost makes me uncomfortable. “Confidence to enter the holy places?” “Draw near?” Is God himself really that accessible to me? Is the Creator really making himself available to the creation? Is the Sustainer actually knowable by the dependent? Can a sinful man or woman actually “draw near” to a holy God? Hebrews 10 says, “Through the blood of Jesus, yes.”
We know John 3:16. We know that Jesus made a way for all who believe to have eternal life. But in our time here on earth, what does it mean to have eternal life? In John 17, Jesus is speaking to God the Father about those whom he’s saving and in verse 3 he says, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” The very heart of our salvation is that we know God. And through his blood, today, right now, you can draw near to his throne in confidence. Not because you had a great day yesterday, but because Jesus Christ has made a way. Your prayers this morning are an expression of your thankfulness for what Christ has done. The little phrase, “in Jesus name” is your humble confession of dependance on his finished work as you approach our majestic God with confidence.