“Let us draw near … Let us hold fast … Let us consider one another.” This threefold invitation from
Hebrews 10:19-25 hinges on our boldness to enter into the holiest. And this boldness (“freedom of
speech”) rests on the finished work of the Saviour.
On the Day of Atonement, the high priest could not enter the holy of holies unless he had the blood of
the sacrifice. But our entrance into God’s presence is not because of an animal’s blood, but because of
Christ’s shed blood.
This open way into God’s presence is new and not part of the Old Covenant that grows old and is
ready to vanish (Hebrews 8:13). It is “living” because Christ “ever liveth to make intercession” for us
(Hebrews 7:25). Christ is the new and living way!
We come to God through Him, our High Priest over the house of God. When His flesh was torn on
the cross, and His life sacrificed, God tore the veil in the temple. This symbolized the new and living
way now opened for all who believe.
On the basis of these assurances—that we have boldness to enter because we have a living High
Priest—we have an “open invitation” to enter the presence of God. The Old Covenant high priest
visited the holy of holies once a year, but we are invited to dwell in the presence of God every
moment of each day. What a tremendous privilege!
Scripture says: “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
Look up: Hebrews 7:25; 8:13; 9:7; James 4:8.
Action assignment: Personalize Hebrews 10:19-25 by making it your prayer today. Accept God’s
invitation with all your heart.
WARREN W. WIERSBE