Enjoy The Presence Of God

Where would you like to be right now? One of my favorite places is sitting on our deck at home. I know, it doesn’t sound real exciting does it? I am looking forward to going to heaven. Fortunately, we don’t need to wait go there to enjoy the presence of God.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19

Writing to the Hebrew people, the author of the book of Hebrews made many comparisons. He compared Old Testament worship methods with the New Covenant made possible by Jesus.

The central area of the tabernacle and later the temple consisted of two rooms. The outer room called The Holy Place was accessible to the priests.

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But only the High Priest could enter the inner room called The Most Holy Place. A heavy curtain divided these two rooms.

When Jesus breathed His last breath while on the cross, something magnificent happened at the Temple. That curtain tore in half from top to bottom. The next verse tells us why that was important.

By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. Hebrews 10:20

The very place only accessible to the High Priest was opened for all to enter. I am not talking about a room in the Temple, but what that room represented.

And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. Hebrews 10:21-22

Entering The Most Holy Place

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Under the Old Covenant, the High Priest entered The Most Holy Place once a year. Before he did though, he needed to take precautions.

He wore a bell and tied a rope around himself, just in case.. . If he did something wrong he could die. No one was permitted to go in to get him, so they needed to pull him out with the rope.

We no longer need to fear the presence of God. Jesus opened the way for us. The Apostle Paul gave us the following message in Ephesians.

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12

Through Jesus, our lives are changed for the better, we are cleansed from all sin, and we can stand in the presence of God guilt-free.

For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Knowledge is good and it’s good to know these things we have learned in our reading of Hebrews 10. But sometimes our sinful nature supersedes what we know.

If we don’t practice what we know, our spiritual desires and our sinful nature will clash within us. And we usually end up doing things we shouldn’t do. So . . .

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23

Benefits of Entering the Presence of God

God does not want any of us to falter and fall by the wayside. Christians are all part of the body of Christ. With creativity, we must do what we can to motivate one another.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

In an earlier chapter, we are told that since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, let us hold firmly to what we believe.

He understands our weaknesses and has faced all of the same tests we face. Of course, His name is Jesus and with everything, He experienced He did not sin. Because of Jesus we can . . .

. . . come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16

So going back to my initial question, where would you like to be right now? It really doesn’t matter. Because anywhere you go, you can be in the presence of God.

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Lord, thank you for making your presence accessible to us through your Son Jesus. Help us to be more than hearers of your Word. Motivate us to be doers as well.

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