‘…a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God...’ Hebrews 2.17
Yesterday we looked at how Jesus is faithful in his service to God. This may not be a great surprise to you since it is not difficult to think of the Father and Son existing and working in mutual harmony. What might seem more surprising is that Jesus is also faithful to us.
Consider for a moment just what an amazing statement this is! Why would Jesus, our God who became man, want to be faithful to us? It certainly can’t be because of our faithfulness to him. Although there are times when we are faithful, sadly there are many other occasions when we prove ourselves unreliable - doing things we know we should avoid or neglecting to do things that we should. If Jesus was faithful to us in proportion to our faithfulness to him, then we would probably be in trouble!
What does this mean in practice? It means that you do not need to come to God on the basis of what you have done. He doesn't love you or answer your prayers because you deserve it, but because he is who he is. Of course, we all want to be as faithful as possible in our walk with God, but hopefully this is because we delight in him, rather than because we are trying to earn his favour.
It must be a real tragedy for God when we think that we cannot come to him unless we are good enough, or that we have to be faithful to earn his favour. Actually the truth is that we need him all the more when we feel undeserving or that we have let him down. It is then that we can turn to God with confidence, knowing that he is utterly faithful to us.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission