Times of need

The Doctor's Life Support for 8 December

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4: 15–16

The writer of Hebrews encourages us to seek Jesus as the one who can meet our needs, the resurrected and glorified Son of God, who on the cross was a sufficient and acceptable offering for sin. However, this Jesus is not a distant God unable to relate to the pain and difficulty of the human experience. He is very able to sympathise. He too struggled with competing demands and time pressures. He too faced temptation. He too felt lonely and was misunderstood. So come to Jesus with confidence, with boldness as one translation puts it. But how, when so aware of failings and struggles can we boldly approach? We do this by trusting in Christ’s work upon the cross. We approach a throne of grace, not the throne of judgement we deserve, and we receive mercy and find grace in our ‘time of need’ – during times of failure, when we have sinned and when our witness has faltered, and also when seeking and striving not to fail. Then we need mercy and grace to be strengthened and made able to do God’s will, to walk in holiness, to sin – less. As we continue to exert the effort that holding firmly to our faith implies, let us recognise our ‘times of need’ and boldly approach his throne. Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice on the cross that opened the way to your throne of grace. Help me to recognise my times of need and to seek you in them. Thank you for the mercy and grace I receive. Amen.

Written by James F Tomlinson from the UK

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