Yesterday morning, as is my practice on many mornings, I was praying in my car on the way to work. As I drove down the road, audibly speaking what was on my heart, I felt an intense closeness to our Lord. I shared my thanks for all He has done, my hopes for the future and also my fears and concerns. It was quite the conversation! When I finished and closed with, “Amen”, I automatically reached for my cell phone, which was sitting in the cup holder at my side. Without thinking, I clicked the “end call” button on its face. The moment I did that, I started to laugh! What an odd thing to do, I thought. God wasn’t on the other end of the telephone! But, that simple unconscious action got me thinking about how wonderful it is to have direct access to God.
Since sin first entered the world through an act of deception in the garden, we have been separated from God. In the Old Testament we read that inside the temple was a holy place called the Holy of Holies. There was a heavy curtain, which veiled the passage into this chamber, separating the people from the presence of God. Only the High Priest was allowed to enter this space where he would go once a year on the Day of Atonement. The High Priest would then offer animal sacrifices for his sins and the sins of the people. This was an annual event to be repeated year after year.
Jesus, however, made a way through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross for us to become reconciled with God once and for all. At the moment of Christ’s death, the curtain in the temple was torn allowing us direct access to our Heavenly Father.
“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom.
The earth shook and the rocks split” (Mathew 27:51).
Through our surrender to and acceptance of Jesus Christ, our sins are washed away. We are reconciled and can now come near Him without a human mediator, for Christ Himself is our true High Priest!
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind,
the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
I think that sometimes, we don’t even realize how wonderful a gift that is! No longer are we separated from our God. We have a direct line to Him. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are welcomed into His presence. He invites us to share our hearts with Him and we have assurance that He hears us whenever we call to Him. With confidence we can come to Him at any time in any place. It doesn’t matter if we are in a church, a shopping mall or even in a car, He will hear and answer us when our hearts are open before Him.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
So thankful for His Grace,
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