Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ENTER IN

A FAMILY MEMBER KNOCKS on your door, your response, “Come on in!” A rapping comes upon the pastor’s door and he responds, “Come on in.”  A friend passes by your restaurant table and you offer, “Have a seat and join us.”  A neighbor is walking down the street with an armload of groceries and as you are driving by, you stop and say, “Jump in and I’ll give you a ride home.”

Inviting someone to enter in with you is an act of kindness. By doing so you are saying, I recognize you, I welcome you, I want to spend time with you, I want to help you. It’s a good feeling to be noticed; to be welcomed, included and invited in.

Jesus calls us to enter in. He welcomes us. He says, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) It is such great news that Jesus calls us to Himself, not only to give us rest, but to set us free from sin and death. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Now, here comes this even more amazing news; Jesus not only desires to give us rest, He not only saves us from our sin, but He invites us to enter into the Holy of Holies; a place only the High Priest could enter at a special time and with special preparations. But Jesus, by His death and resurrection, has become the perfect and eternal High Priest and has invited us into this place. The writer of Hebrews describes it this way:

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (10:19-25)


As the “therefore” states, we can enter in. Therefore, I encourage you do just that, enter into the holy place where Jesus is dwelling with the Father. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:7-8)