Getting BOLD with God

Following on from “Would you please leave your problem with me?” (July 13/12), Jesus can say that because he can turn any desperate need, or overwhelming problem, or debilitating weakness we have, into a demonstration of his power and love for us, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

That’s because “Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest who has gone to heaven itself to help us,” Hebrews 4:14 (Living Bible). Jesus is in God’s presence on our behalf all the time – as a human being too – because as a human he “understands our weaknesses.” If anyone knows how we react to the pressures of life, he does, because he was (and is) just as human as we are. So he knows we don’t react well! Neither did he. When he “was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with tears and agony of soul to the only one who would save him from death,” Hebrews 5:7.

Jesus learnt from suffering that a human mind and spirit can only take so much. Anguish can kill, and Jesus experienced that. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he cried in Matthew 26:38. When pressures built, the strength went right out of him, to the point there was nothing he could do to pull himself out of his death spiral of anxiety. His mind was turning against him and killing him. Emotionally he was beyond the end of his rope.

But that’s when he yelled out to his Father for help, meaning “HELP – NOW.” Jesus was bold, because if his Father didn’t help him, there was no other help that could “save him from death.” But because he trusted his Father he got the help he needed, every time. When Jesus, in “reverent submission” to his Father (Hebrews 5:7), came to the Father as the Son that he was, recognizing he was utterly dependent on the love and power of his Father to see him through, he always got the power and strength he needed.

Jesus’ boldness was out of desperation, yes, but it was also because he recognized who he was. He was a son who needed his Dad. And having experienced what his Father did for him, Jesus is now the “source of (our) eternal salvation,” Hebrews 5:9. He now does for us for what his Father did for him. He is with the Father at all times as our High Priest, fully understanding our coming to him boldly for “grace to help us in our time of need,” Hebrews 4:16, and because we’re the Father’s children too, he’ll make sure we get the help we need exactly and perfectly when and how we need it.

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