“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
-Hebrews 4:14-16 [NASB]
Do you ever struggle with guilt and shame? What about worry and stress? How about lack of joy and hope? Is there a lack of compassion and grace in your life? I know that is not a way someone would usually start a post in the month of November when there should be talk of thanksgiving.
Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that in my life, I only really start trying to be thankful one time a year? Why is that a difficult virtue for me to apply throughout the year ? Why do I find myself being disobedient to the command, “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)?
I believe it comes from the really allowing the truth of Christ’s identity to sink in, as well as His desire for intimacy with us. In the full context of Scripture, Jesus as God Himself, comprises 3 specific roles.
1) Prophet—the mouthpiece of God (John 1:1)
2) Priest—the mediator & atonement maker of God (John 19:30)
3) King —Sovereign authority of God (Revelation 19:16)
In all these we find hope, according to Hebrews 4, the hope we find is that Jesus knows us, understands us, and still chooses to accept us. Imagine that! Scratch that…Reality that! Jesus offers the only path for true forgiveness, hope, restoration, grace, promise…LIFE! That is what I find simply and powerfully amazing and worthy of a life that shows thankfulness.