Our church’s high school youth director taught a devotion recently that caught me unawares and reminded me of the holy relationship between the Son and the Father and the relationship that Christ my mediator made for me.
He pointed out Jesus’ posture when He prayed: Jesus lifted His eyes to heaven. How different from our typical bowing of the head and closing the eyes. While I know that the more common posture is helpful when we do not want to be distracted by things and people around us it could also be linked to the posture of our hearts before God.
In Hebrews 4:16 we are instructed to come boldly before the throne of grace since Christ has made a path there for us. This, especially for the Hebrews to whom the letter was originally written, sounds almost heretical. Moses was commanded to remove his sandals before the Almighty’s presence. Is it really acceptable to approach the throne of God confidently?
We often speak of “being Jesus to people.” Before we attempt this let us ask ourselves if we truly believe in the grace of God. Do you realize that because of Jesus our High Priest we are able to be Jesus to others because we are first sons (like Jesus) to the Father? We stand now before Him as sons and daughters alongside the Firstborn and as fellow heirs with Christ. If it were not for His substitution our confidence would indeed be heretical and truly blasphemous, but because we wear His righteousness it is a beautiful promise in the Word.