Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Downton Abbey is an English drama from the early 20th century where the servants live, eat, and work downstairs, while the earl and his family enjoy their stately home upstairs.
Their home has a system of little bells that ring in the kitchen with a pull cord in every room. The earl and his family can call for anything that they need. When the bell rings downstairs, it indicates exactly where the need is, so that the servants can respond immediately.
Here is something very wonderful: Christ has installed a bell system that connects your heart with heaven. This is a bell system in reverse, because the bells ring in heaven. It is a bell system in which the servants ring for the help of the Master.
Christ’s Spirit lives in your heart. He feels the approach of every trial and temptation, and he pulls the cord that rings the bell in heaven. Christ knows directly all that you face, feel, and fear.
And he does not roll his eyes when the bell rings.
We have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Why? He has been downstairs. He has been tempted and tested in every respect. And now, as your advocate, he brings your need before the Father so that all the resources of heaven are available for you.
Come with confidence, because the bell has already been rung. Christ knows all that you face and feel and fear, and he is for you!
Do you live with this kind of confidence?