THRONE OF GRACE

What if you could approach the Throne of God today?  What if the King of Kings and Lord of all Lords gave you an appointment to come before His throne and talk with him about some matter that was a great importance to you?  How would you react?  Would you be nervous?  Would you want someone special to go with you?  Would you dress well and be extremely careful of every word and thought that was expressed there before His throne?  How do you imagine that throne?  I’ve read the description of Solomon’s throne after he took David’s place as the King over Israel.  It sounds like an amazing throne that would be unnerving for anyone who approached the throne, just seeing the massive statues of lions on either side of his throne.  What would the throne of God look like?

In Hebrews 4: 14-16 God gives us this description of His throne.  “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  This is certainly not the only picture of God’s throne ever found in the Bible.  In Revelation chapters four and five there are very different pictures which show him as God in all his majesty.  Even then when he is called the lion of the tribe of Judah, John turns to see him and sees him as a lamb that had been slain.

The scene there is extremely important.  But whatever the picture shown, God’s throne is a place of mercy, grace and love.  Jesus is the great high priest who has passed into the heavens to sit down on the throne.  But he isn’t there as one who has never been through any problems, trials or afflictions.  Instead he is one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are.  There isn’t a single kind of temptation in the world that Jesus hasn’t suffered.  Yet, unlike us, he never gave in to the temptations he faced.  He remained the sinless savior all the way to the cross of Calvary.  No matter how many insults were thrown his way or how much rejection he went through, no matter how many times Satan brought his greatest forms of temptation, Jesus remained pure.  In Hebrews 5:7 it says, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death and was heard because of his reverent submission.”

So when we approach his throne we need to hold clearly before us the picture of the one who understand our weaknesses.  He took on our human form and felt our pains, worries and fears.  He suffered our temptations so he understands fully what we go through.  As a result, we are challenged to approach his throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  I absolutely love the presentation of the throne of the Lord as a throne of grace.  Certainly we don’t deserve to even come before his throne.  Our failures hinder our every request.  But Jesus longs for us to see him on the throne as the one who feels our pains and knows our fears.  He wants to be seen as our older brother who loves us more than life itself and paid the price for our redemption sitting there with his whole heart going out to us in our troubles.  So, come with confidence.  Come with boldness before his throne.  Can you imagine having an older brother sitting on the throne and how it would feel to go before him for a request?  It is a challenge. But I know my older brothers love me in the good times and the bad.  So I can’t really even imagine being afraid to go before either of them on any throne and being afraid.  They are my brothers.  Jesus is in that same position.  He is God’s Son, but we are also his children and he is our older brother who paid the price for us.  So, come with boldness before him.

At Jesus throne we receive mercy.  He puts himself into our place.  He feels compassion and walks in our shoes.  So, no matter what our problem, challenge, fear or sin he understands and says to us, “Don’t be afraid!  I’ve already paid the price for your every sin and failure.  I have mercy and here at my throne you find grace to help in your time of need.”  This thought is one of the most powerful of all of Scripture.  Jesus isn’t one of those who is there every time when everything is good and there are no problems.  He is the Lord who is open and ready for us to come before him when things in our life are a mess and we desperately need a friend, a brother and a savior.  Jesus shouts, come.  “My throne is one of grace and mercy.  I can help and I’m ready to help exactly when you need it most.”  What a Savior!  What a Throne!

Suddenly, it should dawn on us, we have one on the throne who reaches out his hands to us and we see the holes where the nails went in and the blood dripping from his hands.  He helps us in our times of need.  While the greatest need in our lives is always to have a cure for the sin problems we face, there are many smaller problems that haunt us as well.  It seems that every day there are those who need help in life with problems at home, with the marriage or with our children.  Many struggle with addiction of one sort or another.  We often feel the attachment of sin is stronger than anything I have on my side.  The Lord says, “I’ve given you my Holy Spirit to be with you and strengthen you all the time.  I’ve sent my angels as ministers to be there and help and I’m here all the time waiting and watching for you to come with confidence to my throne of grace and I promise you will find mercy and grace to help in your time of greatest need, no matter what it is.”  What a Savior!  What a Throne!  COME NOW!

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
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