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Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace

April 25, 2021 | Roger Snyder

"Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."      Hebrews 4:16

I recently had an opportunity to talk about this verse with one of our Ashland Christian Health Center patients. She had a lot of struggles going on in her life.  I wanted her to know about the great privilege we followers of Jesus have. This has become a favorite verse of mine.  You see, we should have no expectation of going to the Almighty King with the hurts in our hearts.  We all tend to deny His authority over us. We all have rebelled against him. That is what it says in Romans 5. But it also says that while we acted like that, Jesus died for us to pay for our rebellion. And now we can have peace with God. And this invitation becomes active.

I like the word in the King James Version. Boldly. Come boldly to the throne. We can come boldly before the King?  For many that is a complete surprise. Too good to be true. But still true. And what we can expect is even better. Mercy.  That means that no matter how bad we think we are, and often rightly so, we get a pardon rather than condemnation. Welcome rather than rejection. A light in the eye instead of a furrowed brow. 

And it gets even better. Grace. That means we get what we absolutely need. Strength. Wisdom.  Peace. Ability to love… to forgive. Joy in joyless circumstances. A friend who will never leave me… ever. Understanding. Freedom. Hope. And… well, whatever God in His incredible love and unlimited wisdom knows we need for this moment and the next… and the next… and the next…

There is a lot of interest in the book of Revelation these days.  It does seem that Jesus will soon return to take us from this sin-sick world.  But until then there is a verse that has been sticking in my mind. It is a verse that perfectly describes what we want to do at Ashland Christian Health Center.

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let anyone who hears this say, "Come." Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires, drink freely from the water of life.  Revelation 22:17

The Bible refers to the Church as the Bride of Christ. And as part of that church, we at Grace want to be about inviting people to come to the throne of Grace for that living water.

Because someone told us about the invitation.