Therefore, since we have a great 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 did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and and find grace to help us in our time of need.-Hebrews 4:14-16
Jesus is our great high priest through whom we are able to approach God’s throne of grace with boldness and confidence. What then is God’s throne of grace? I am sure that you are probably picturing in your mind some elaborate scene with a king seated on his throne issuing orders and decrees, but this is not the image that the writer of Hebrews is portraying here when he writes “God’s throne of grace”. We tend to forget in the modern world of courts of law that in ancient times that the king seated on his throne was also a judge. So the writer of Hebrews is telling us that we can approach the bar of justice boldly and confidently because we as followers of Christ have already been justified or been declared not guilty. We are not coming before God’s throne of grace to be judged, but instead we are coming to God’s throne of grace to make petitions and requests of him. But the key to being able to approach God’s throne of grace with boldness and confidence is your relationship with Jesus. If you have not accepted that Jesus died for your sins and that the only for you to get to God is through him, then you will never be able to boldly approach God’s throne of grace, because for you it is a judgement seat and you have not yet been declared not guilty.