Meet Me There

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Since then 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 is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

(Hebrews 4:14–16)

This is strange, isn’t it? Yesterday seemed surreal. Even weird. Here we were, most of us in within a few kilometres’ radius of each other, and yet unable to gather as a complete congregation. I’ve often been sceptical of TV preachers, but hey, there I was!

But seriously, yesterday was a novel experience for most of us. Gathered with our families, and perhaps a few others, we settled in front of computer screens or televisions or phones, bowed our heads engaging in the pastoral prayers and then listened to a sermon. As I watched Anton last night, I noted a new way to say amen as thumbs up and hearts and smiley faces (I didn’t see any frowns!) danced on our Facebook page. Anton, from the many that I saw, I think your message was well received. Thank you.

How long will this continue? Who knows? God knows, but he’s not telling. That’s okay. We will continue to wait on him, trusting him for all we need as we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. We will look at the birds, study our gardens and know that we are in the more than sufficient care of our heavenly Father. And though we are temporarily unable to gather as a body, God has provided another way for us to meet: at the throne of grace. Will you meet me there?

The writer to the Hebrews exhorts, “Since then 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 is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14–16).

Brothers and sisters, we of course need the mercy and the grace of God. And it is freely distributed at God’s throne. Let’s daily, frequently, meet one another there. Let’s pray one for another. Let’s pray for grace and mercy to overcome our temptation to anxiety. Let us pray for God’s protection and for God’s provision. Let us also pray for God’s power to persevere in our mission, which is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Brothers and sisters, I am missing you. And I will be at the throne of grace a lot today. Will you meet me there?

See you later,

Doug