Jesus told his disciples he would “be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant (Mark 9:31-32).”
I’m not sure why they were afraid to ask. But I am sure that we don’t have to be afraid to ask Jesus anything.
He invites us to “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God (Hebrews 4:16).”
The temple veil was closed, protecting us from the justified, deserved wrath of God.
But Jesus came. He lived. He died.
The temple veil was torn.
Jesus rose from the dead.
Now we, who believe Jesus Christ is Lord, boldly enter the Holiest of Holies, welcomed by the Most High God to talk about anything and everything.
All because of Jesus.
When she was young, she was afraid of God.
But her perspective on God changed when she heard this verse: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”
Freed from fear, she now prays with confidence.
We can too.
Before Jesus came, there were all sorts of rules and requirements placed on priests who appeared before the Lord (see Exodus 25-30).
Because Jesus came, we are invited to come before the Lord boldly (see Hebrews 4:16).
If you come before God now, in prayer, you’ll know Him on the day we all stand before the judgment seat of God (Romans 14:10).