Today I almost skimmed right past these verses, thankfully God made it stand out to me:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 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.
There are three main parts to this, that I can see.
First one is that, Jesus has gone through all the temptations we have! Remember when the Devil tried to make Jesus bow down to him? I don’t remember were those verses are exactly, but I think they’re somewhere in Mathew… Then again, I think there in all the gospels… Anyway, Jesus knows all of our sufferings and pains, he’s sympathetic with us, he interseeds for us before God, because he knows how we feel! He know’s more than that, he knows our sin, he should know, he took it all upon himself when he died on the cross!
The second thing I see here is that we have a command, we have to draw near to Jesus, we need to read the his word, we need to pray to him, we need to followship around other believers. Yesterday the pastor preached about “ripping our heart open, and, dispite our wants to sow it back up, Jesus keeps it up, and pours in the disinfectent of the Holy Spirit, and then he intertwines our heart with other believers.” Now, I can’t remember exactly what he said, so that probaly is a little inaccuret, but the concept isn’t. Our desire is to close up, and draw back from other believers, God’s desire is to open us up wider and pour in his Spirit. Can you gues who we have to obey, if we want to draw closer to Jesus?
And, finaly, the third point I see is this, that when we draw close to Jesus, when we draw near to the throne of grace, Jesus gives us help in our time of need, he gives us mercy to overcome the Devil, he pours his very spirit and being into you when we draw close to him. He tells you about how he died for you and rose again three day later, like with John, whom Jesus loved. Why did Jesus love John? John was almost always close to him, except for once, but he came right back after that one time. We see John recling against Jesus at the final supper, we John walking with Jesus, when Paul is drawing back and denying Jesus. Drawing near to Jesus is both a commandment and a blessing.
You are loved!