The Wonderful Privilege of Access
by Noah Hefley
February 20, 2021
Years ago on a sunny afternoon in Washington DC a young man sat alone on a park bench weeping uncontrollably. A young boy walked up to him and asked, “Sir, what’s wrong?” The man shared the sad story of his brother who had been falsely accused and unjustly imprisoned. His brother was on death row and was scheduled for execution in a few days. The man had made desperate attempts to see the President of the United States to explain the situation and seek a pardon for his brother but, of course, was turned away. The man was distraught and hopeless!
After hearing the story, the little boy was moved by the man’s emotion and said, “Sir, would you come with me?” He took the man by the hand, walked him through the guards, past the secretary, and into the presidential office without anybody saying a word.
The President stood up as the young man entered with the boy. He looked at the boy and said, “How can I help you, son?” What you need to understand is that the young boy was the son of President Abraham Lincoln. The young man had an audience with the President and was able to gain a pardon for his brother that day because the son gave him access to the President.
You can’t walk into the presence of the Lord God on your own but the Son of God is the One who gives you access to the Most High. The writer of Hebrews said it this way: “Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Today, consider the wonderful privilege that is yours because of your great Savior and then come into the presence of your Heavenly Father with joy and confidence!
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