February 21, 2010

Pathways: by Way of a Priest

Hebrews 10:19-23

Since we have a great priest … let us draw near to God with a sincere heart …
Hebrews 10:21–22


If any of us wants to meet someone who is powerful, rich, or famous, getting to that person is all about access. We need someone who can help us get our foot in the door, secure an appointment, or get us noticed somehow. You don’t just walk in and expect an audience with someone who is a celebrity. They are shielded by layers of staff workers and security.

God, however, has worked powerfully to give us 24–hour direct access to him. He has given us “a great priest,” Jesus, who has opened the way to God, who knows what our needs are, and who also has qualified us, through his blood shed for us on the cross, to come into God’s presence.

When Jesus sacrificed himself as payment for the guilt of our sins, a phenomenal event took place in the most sacred space known to the Jews: the Most Holy Place in the temple. This room was kept separate from the rest of the temple by a curtain. But at the moment Jesus completed his sacrifice, the curtain was torn in two, without being touched by human hands, from top to bottom. This was God’s announcement that anyone could now come into his presence through the shed blood of Jesus.

Because Jesus has opened the way for us, we may boldly approach God and seek his face, at any time. Jesus, our high priest, has given us immediate access.

Father, thank you for calling me to be confident as I seek your face. I bless you, O Christ, for earning me free access to the holy presence of my Father. In your name, Amen

About the author — Kenneth D. Koeman

Rev. Ken Koeman is a pastor at Bellevue, Washington, Christian Reformed Church. He has written Today devotions in past years and has also authored numerous articles for The Banner, the magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. Ken and his wife, Kay, live in Bellevue and have two children and five grandchildren.

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