We are invited to come boldly to the throne of grace, to obtain the mercy and grace we need. And we all need mercy. And we all need grace desperately, every moment of every day.

The invitation is based on the finished work of redemption completed by our High Priest, Jesus, who is personally and intimately acquainted with what it means to be human. But several factors can cause us to slink into the presence of our Father, head and eyes downcast, like beggars, instead of beloved children. Among them are: 1) overwhelming guilt that has morphed into self-condemnation; 2) shame issuing forth from the erroneous belief that we are the mistakes we made and unworthy; and, 3) the lack of knowledge of who God truly is and as a result, our misperception of who we are to Him and in Him.//

Daughters and sons of the Most High, the full price of our redemption, your redemption has been paid. The shed Blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who is now your High Priest, gives you unlimited access, anywhere, everywhere, anytime, every time, to the Throne of Grace. You belong there. You are welcome there. Come. Come boldly.

“Seeing then that 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 was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16, NKJV).

I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Mercy.” The content after the // was added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.  The truth of Hebrews 4:14-16 is expressed in this song, “Great is Your Mercy.” I hope it is a blessing to you.

Five Minute Friday: See

Thinking of the miracles Jesus performed that involved Him making blind people see.

Thinking too of the ways in which those people came into contact with Him.

And of one man in particular, referred to in at least one of the Gospels as Bartimaeus.

Thinking of the Living Bible’s translation and how it is noted that he heard Jesus was passing by and cried out to Him, repeatedly, in spite of the crowd telling him to be quiet

“Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Thinking of how much I too need His mercy every day.

When Jesus asked him what he wanted, the Living Bible, notes that he “pleaded” with Him,

“I want to see.”

And Jesus healed Him.

Physical blindness is easy to recognize.

Spiritual blindness, less so.

Jesus heals both and I am thankful.

I cry out like the blind man and like David

“Open my eyes that I may see.”

Five Minute Friday