Wednesday, October 14, 2009

THE THRONE OF JESUS CHRIST


"The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all." - Psalm 103:19
Sometimes we are filled with fear and uncertainty and we go to Jesus. Sometimes our bodies are in pain and we seek some relief. What we need the most is found at the throne of Jesus Christ. The throne of Jesus is the only place to find the salvation that we desperately need. Because He is God, we come to His throne to bring our worship, our sacrifices of praise and thanks. The throne of Christ is a regular visiting place for the man of faith.

On His throne, the King of kings, rules the world. God has placed everything in subjection to the Son. "YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET." - Heb. 2:8. Men foolishly oppose Him who is the Almighty God when they deny Him who is on His right hand. Jesus wills for us to obey Him and it should be our will too.
"Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." - Mt. 25:34

From His throne, Jesus dispenses His righteous judgment. Believers will enter His eternal rest and carnal men who denied His rule will be punished for eternity. Jesus will judge perfectly between the two.

The world's rulers are weak and frail and sometimes corrupt. They are sinful and they sometimes rule with partiality. But there is no flaw or weakness in the one who rules from heaven. "8 But of the Son He says,“YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, aND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. 9 “YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS." - Heb. 1:8,9. Jesus judges the world with truth and righteousness.

God's saving grace is found at the throne of Jesus Christ. Not as King only, but King and Priest (Heb. 6:20), Jesus is the one who best understands our frailties and can by His own sacrifice give atonement to the one that draws near to Him. We have a High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses because He was tempted with the same things (Heb. 4:15). Our Almighty God is our Savior. The throne of grace is not a cold and dark place for Believers; it is a place of understanding, grace, mercy, and salvation.
"Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." - Heb. 4:16
Jesus' throne is the place of real, timely help that you may approach with the confidence that He hears and cares.

Approach His throne with a sincere heart. The message of God's grace has mass appeal, but often the masses are unwilling to approach God's throne in an appropriate manner. They show more reverence for a human ruler than they do for Jesus Christ. "Confidence" before His throne must not be confused with audacity or presumptuousness, which it often is. We may not offer just any sacrifice to Him. It should be a meaningful, valuable sacrifice coming from the heart. We may not ask Him to do anything except what is according to His will. And we should not think He hears our prayers if we stubbornly persist to disobey Him. Those who are born again are best able to draw near to Him.

Repent of your sins and be baptized. The Hebrews writer says,
"let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." - Heb. 10:22
Today, will you go to the throne of grace?

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