One of the most wonderful and beautiful of Christian truths as revealed in the word of God, the Bible, is the deeply held desire of God the Father to be near to His most cherished creation, man. From the very beginning God sought out man’s company. And from Eden, to the present day, God throughout history has accomplished everything possible to allow a close intimate friendship to develop between Himself and those who would by faith be willing to avail themselves of this precious privilege.
Unlike the Israelite of the O.T., in our age we no longer have available to us a physical temple here on earth, nor do we have a human priesthood or mediatorial system through which we may approach God. We have something infinitely better. We have a Man who through His perfect and sinless life and the self sacrificial shedding of His own blood, prepared a way for man to directly approach the very throne of God with the utmost confidence and assurance. No further need of offerings or sacrifice; no further need of a human earthly mediator or priest who is sinful and in need of a Savior as ourselves; no further need of anyone else to offer prayers on our behalf to placate a presumably distant or disinterested God; no,no, the Bible tells us that because of what Jesus Christ accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection, we can now approach God directly, intimately, and be fully confident that as we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Believers now have spiritual access to the heavenly sanctuary, to the very throne room of God. We have in Jesus the perfect High Priest who through His intercession on our behalf accepts our prayers and presents them to His Father who hears and answers, not just because He loves Jesus, but because He loves us and has already adopted us as His own children and considers us as co-heirs with Christ.
Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
We have all just this past week celebrated Christmas, the focus of which is the incarnation of the Son of God. Consider this for a moment. The Creator of the universe forever setting aside whatever form He took as the only begotten Son of God, and taking upon Himself the form of man that the Father may once again enjoy the pleasure of a relationship with redeemed sinners such as you and I. The amazing thing is that Jesus did not become a man in order for the Father to love us, but as a direct result of the Father’s love for us. This is true hope. This is absolute and sure grounds for confidence in God and as the following tells us, we may be boldly assured that when we approach the very throne of God in the heavenly sanctuary, we can do so without fear, without shyness, without doubt.
Hebrews 10:19 ¶ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
It is for this purpose we were created. To know God and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent for the salvation of mankind. This is eternal life, that we may know Him. (John 17:3)