But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. Hebrews 9:11 (NIV)

Suppose you made a purchase only to bring the item home and find it was defective. You bring it back to the place you purchased it at, dreading the process of a return or exchange. Once back at the store, you are amazed at what happens.

You explain your situation to the person behind the counter. She in turn apologizes profusely and tells you it will be taken care of immediately. Moments later a person comes through the back entrance being followed by several others carrying a replacement to your purchase and several other boxes.

You are introduced to the man leading the procession. He’s the owner of the company that made your purchase. The new, improved item is yours, as are some very nice gifts offered because of your inconvenience.

Pretty cool, huh? Wouldn’t any of us like to be able to go directly to the owner of a company when things don’t go as they should? After all, dealing with go-betweens is adequate at best, but face to face contact is always best!

When God established his system of laws and sacrifice, your only option when we sinned was to go to a high priest, a high priest who was just as susceptible to sin and failure as you were. But when Jesus died, rose again and entered into the throne room of heaven he took a position that allows us direct access to God. Like the simple example above, we no longer need to deal with go-betweens, like the Israelites had to do before Christ.

Now we are no longer dependent on someone else to act as a go between when we need access to the Father. We can approach the throne directly and, better yet, sitting next to the Father, in our defense, is Jesus Christ, our savior and Lord. He knows what it’s like to be human. He knows what it’s like to be tempted. He knows the pain of rejection. He is there to plead our case.

When we fail or are afraid or struggle with any aspect of life, we don’t need to rely on a pastor or some other religious figure or activity to access God. We have direct access through Jesus Christ.

Don’t let this amazing promise escape you. We are no longer bound by a god-in-a-box mentality. We have direct access to the only one who can help us get through whatever it is we are struggling with.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I thank you that because of you I have direct access to the Father. Thank you for being my advocate and for understanding my struggles and failures. Amen.

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