Here’s two bits of cultural history for you…
1) Once a year Israel’s High Priest would walk through the two outer areas of the temple and go into the ‘Holy of Holies’ to receive God’s forgiveness for the people’s sins. There were lots of priests, but only the High Priest could do this. The Bible says that Jesus is our High Priest, but he doesn’t need to enter a holy room somewhere on earth in order to make requests to God. No, the Bible tells us ‘Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God’s right side, begging God for us’ (Romans 8:34 NCV)
2) One day during the American Civil War a soldier sat on a bench outside the White House in Washington DC looking pretty distressed. A little boy came by and asked him what was wrong. The soldier said he needed to see President Lincoln but the guards at the door wouldn’t let him in. Hearing this, the boy took him by the hand and led him directly into the President’s office. ‘Father,’ he said, ‘this soldier really needs to speak with you.’ That boy was the President’s son, who could always open the door to see his father.
You get it now don’t you?! Sometimes to understand what the Bible is trying to tell us we have to frame it in a situation we find easier to picture. Jesus is the way to the Father, He can bypass all the stuff that blocks us. That’s why when we pray in Jesus’ name, we have direct access to God. We are welcome in His presence, isn’t that amazing!
‘WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST WHO HAS ENTERED HEAVEN.’ HEBREWS 4:14 NAS