MWCC

Mt Wellington Community Church

Confidence

Confidence in our time of need.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin.  Let us then 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. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

How we think about Jesus can affect how we face life.  As Christians we don't usually have trouble seeing Jesus as being God.  Jesus had to be sinless and perfect for his sacrifice on the cross to be acceptable to the Father.  What we can struggle to grasp is how human was Jesus.  Was he really human or was he a body possessed by God? 

Unless Jesus was fully human, in every way, he wouldn't have been able to be our representative on the cross.  This means the triune God we believe in is not a distant God who looks down on us without any understanding of what it means to be human.  No, he cared enough for us to step fully into humanity so that we might be able to be brought into his presence.  He has experienced what it is like to live in this fallen world with all the grief, suffering, fear and pain we face. 

So, in our brokenness, in our shame and in our hurt we know that we have a God who has experienced the world we live in.  God is not distant, but by the Spirit he is with us in those times of deepest emotion, drawing us into a loving relationship with the Father, through Jesus.  The Jesus who embraced full humanity, is the same Jesus who currently sits at the right hand of the Father, so we can "receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."  This is the confidence we have in life as we face those times of greatest need.

Brian Bonnar