I don’t know about you, but I need God’s mercy every day. For the past week, I have been reading in the book of Hebrews. Throughout several chapters, the Old Testament priesthood is compared with the priesthood of Jesus Christ. I will share with you some portions of what I read.
Behind the Veil
In the Old Testament, the mercy seat was located inside the most holy place of the temple behind a veil, or curtain. No one could enter certain places of the temple except for the priests. The priests, who were from the tribe of Levi, made sacrifices and atonement for the peoples’ sins.
The mercy seat was surrounded by cherubim. In Hebrews 9:5, the writer speaks of the glory overshadowing the mercy seat. The writer goes on to say that he could not speak in detail of the things concerning the mercy seat and the holy place. I find that statement compelling. Of course, he was most likely referring to the magnificence of the tabernacle, yet, we can take his words to heart because it is often difficult to express the details of our gratitude to Jesus for what He accomplished at the cross.
The Veil Torn
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil to the most holy place was torn, not by human hands, but by the power of God. Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice, the complete atonement for our sins. The veil was torn because we were no longer restricted from an intimate relationship with God, the Father. People no longer had to go to a human priest to be absolved of sin. After the cross, people could go directly to the Father through Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, it seems a veil is still up for some people. It is not because God does not love them. It is because they have not accepted Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as the atoning sacrifice for their sins and the only way to God, the Father. Once you accept Jesus for who He is and follow Him wholeheartedly, you have direct access to the mercy seat.
Receive His Mercy
God’s mercy is available to everyone, but it requires a personal choice. He forces nothing on you. Each person must choose Jesus. Each person must come running to the mercy seat, so to speak.
I know and love Jesus, but I still must come running to the mercy seat. I need His mercy daily. No, I do not intentionally sin, but I will fall short of His glory. You will too. That’s where mercy comes in. Am I suggesting that you can be careless and reckless in your sin without consequence? Certainly not! However, I am suggesting that when you do surrender to Jesus, you will be changed forever, not perfect, but changed. Then, you will be humbled by His wonderful mercy, and you will not take it for granted.
What about you? Have you accepted the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ? If not, you can do that now.