Do you remember the story of Esther?
Esther, a beautiful Jewess who married King Xerxes, realized that the responsibility to save the Jewish people rested on her. Hamon’s evil plot to kill all the Jews in the land was drawing dangerously near, and Esther’s cousin Mordecai prophesied that perhaps she ascended to her position as queen “for such a time as this” (Est. 4:4).
Still, she knew that entering the throne room of the King (to divulge this information) without an invitation was inviting death….unless he lowered his sceptor and welcomed the visitor to stand before him.
A lowered sceptor meant life. Breath. Acceptance.
One unmoved and upright meant just the opposite.
Esther was willing to offer herself as the sacrificial lamb if it meant gaining salvation for the Jews.
She was willing to stand before the King without any confidence or assurance that he would reach out his hand.
What a contrast we have in this promise from Hebrews!
And what a comfort to know that we may enter—that we are in fact welcomed—into the presence of Christ and into the throne room of God!
We are invited to approach Him without out worry. We needn’t be anxious that we are not good enough, pure enough, or victorious enough. We’re able to shun the voice of Satan when he badgers and accuses.
Hebrews reminds us that God offers mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.
I love this picture:
Imagine us, little children all, fretting over our sin and over the temptations we all face. With tears streaking our cheeks, we run home and collapse before the throne.
“Daddy!” we cry. “I can’t do it on my own! I don’t have enough strength. Would you please help me?”
With love we cannot comprehend, our Father reaches down, tenderly cupping our faces in his great hands.
“Oh, dear child. I am so glad you came to me. Here is the mercy and grace you’ve asked for. And believe me — it is enough for today.”
Our Great High Priest — our “Esther” — our sacrificial lamb — has lowered the scepter and outstretched his arms. And with the Father, he welcomes us home.
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