“Now that we know what we have-JESUS, this great High Priest with ready access to God-let’s not let it slip through our fingers.We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality.He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all- all but the sin.So let’s walk right up to him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 4: 14-16

When I am overwhelmed with shame about my past, difficulties in my present, or fear about my future, I would love to say I always go to Jesus and pour out my heart to Him. But unfortunately, even after decades of salvation, I struggle sometimes with taking my worries and fears to Him. I try to process them, fix them, plan them, organize them, change them… but all I have to do is “take the mercy and accept the help.”

Sometimes I forget that Jesus truly understands every emotion, pain, loss, frustration, and temptation that we have to face in this fallen world. He went through it too. It never fails that every time I go to Him in prayer or in the Word and seek His Spirit, I am struck with awe that my Savior, the one who rescued me from sin and death, was a man of flesh and blood. And His struggle was so much more difficult than mine. He HAD to be perfect. He could not fail. His failure in overcoming temptation, fear, or anxiety would result in the loss of humanity. Satan would win the war. His disobedience would result in the destruction of man with a severity that could only compared to the garden of Eden.

Not only was Jesus able to stay perfect, obedient, calm, kind, self-sacrificing, and compassionate, but he also willingly suffered mutilation and unimaginable suffering. That is how much He loves us, dear friends. He IS mercy. He IS grace. He IS our hero. His compassion for us didn’t end when He rose into Heaven to sit on His throne. He continues to offer continual help for us in our time of need. So why don’t we walk up to Him and take what He has to give? Is it pride? Is it unbelief? It maybe different for each of us… I long to skip all those unnecessary steps and just go to the source.  Remember who is the source of our joy, peace, decisions, and identity.  Celebrate our risen King, to do just that… shift the focus on HIM. Let’s take this time to walk right up to our High Priest, our Savior, our Friend,… our Jesus.

Carissa Hardage