READ – Hebrews 4:14-16
There is a photo taken during the Obama Presidency that I absolutely love. It shows the President in the Oval Office, working behind the Resolute Desk. He is intently focused on what he is doing. So intent that he is oblivious that his daughter, Sasha, is belly crawling behind the sofa, about to launch a surprise attack on her dad.
When I was in high school I toured the White House. We saw the usual sights: the Red Room, the Blue Room, the Green Room and, as a guest of a sitting congressman, some unusual sights, including a chance to sit in the White House theater and visit with Nancy Reagan’s Chief of Staff. But we weren’t invited into the Oval Office.
Imagine what would have happened if I had snuck away from our tour group and barged into the West Wing. Do you think I would have made it all the way to the Oval Office? Not a chance. I don’t care who my congressman was, we didn’t get that kind of access.
Sasha didn’t need an invitation to see her dad in the Oval Office. She didn’t need an escort. The Secret Service didn’t pat her down or run a background check. It wasn’t the Oval Office to her; it was her dad’s office. And you don’t need a special invitation to see your dad.
That is the kind of access that Jesus purchased for his followers, and now believers can “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”