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Advent Devotional | Day 22

December 23, 2018

A Priest Who Can Sympathize With Us | Sunday, Dec. 23

 
 
What an incredible exhortation! In Exodus, only Moses could go up on the mountain to meet with God; all the others had to stay away. Throughout the Old Testament, only the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies once a year. Nobody else could approach God’s presence. Now, the writer of Hebrews tells us we all can go to the throne of grace with confidence. How is that possible? Jesus is our great high priest. He is the Son of God who has paid the price for our sin because He was totally without sin. As a result, we can go to Him with confidence to find grace and mercy to help us in our time of need. As we come toward the end of this Advent season, let us remember what the coming of Jesus means to our lives today. Not only can we be saved if we trust Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, but we can also rely on Him during our temptations and trials. When we are tempted to sin, we can go right to the throne of grace because Jesus is our high priest and He’s at the Father’s right hand. He was tempted in every way that we are, yet He did not sin, and He is ready to give you grace, power, and strength to resist that temptation in that moment. Go to Him. In our trials, we can remember that Jesus is familiar with our struggles. He is not distant from us. He suffered as one of us, so we can know that He stands ready to help us. He understands our suffering and pain.
 
DISCUSSION
What does it feel like to ask for help from a boss or a teacher? How is asking for help from Jesus different?
 
PRAYER
God, we come to Your throne with confidence, not in ourselves but in Jesus, the one who conquered sin and suffering and death. Please help us in the middle of temptation to resist sin and to walk more in holiness and obedience each day. God, in the middle of trials, give us mercy and grace in our times of need. Jesus, show Yourself strong on our behalf, especially during this season that can highlight so much hurt. All glory to Your name for this privilege of coming to Your throne with confidence in Jesus’ name, amen.
 
ACTION
Did you share the gospel with anyone this past week? Grab an ornament in your campus’ main lobby, write their name and put it on the tree! Then, pray, along with your church family, that every gospel conversation would result in someone turning from death to life.
 
Are you a part of the MBC Tysons North Region? Head to Hutchison Elementary School for our final Mobile Christmas Village Outreach - see more details at mcleanbible.org/christmas.

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