A Promise of Welcome

Read: Hebrews 4:14-16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (v. 16)

A throne of grace. What a beautiful picture of the place our God reigns from, especially in our time of need. When Jesus died, the sin of all the world past, present, and future was swallowed up, instantly gone, forever forgotten.

Think about it for a moment: the same incredible sacrifice that gives us relief from separation and judgment offers God the same. Separation and judgment required much of God too—his holiness made the companionship and hospitality he intended toward creation from the beginning impossible. But when the perfect sacrifice was made and the curtain in the temple tore—from top to bottom, signifying no human had done it—the door to the throne room opened again, welcoming us to enter confidently, seeking to “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (v. 16).

This passage helps us understand the Father’s intent toward us: relationship, intimacy, hospitality. The throne room, a place of awe and holiness, beckons that we trust a big God and take him at his word. Our imperfection is covered. We are not looked at skeptically, the way the world has taught us to eye each other. That’s very good news for us—and for the God who longs to be present to us. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, express your gratitude to Jesus, who with his perfect, final sacrifice gave his Father great relief from looking at the sin of the world and bid us welcome to the throne of grace.

About the Author

amy clemens

With a bachelors in journalism from Texas Tech University and a masters from Western Theological Seminary, Amy Clemens enjoys all things writing, particularly about the life of faith. She is blessed with a family that includes husband Fred, five children, and five grandchildren.

Amy has just published her first book, "Walking When You'd Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall," which weaves her journey from childhood abuse toward healing and spiritual growth with a practical theology for the big story of God. You can find out more about the book and author at walkingwhenyoudratherfly.com.

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Promises of God