“They will have their own ruler again,
and he will come from their own people.
I will invite him to approach me,” says the Lord,
“for who would dare to come unless invited?
22 You will be my people,
and I will be your God.” Jeremiah 30:21-22 NLT
23 There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. 24 But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. 27 Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. 28 The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever. Hebrews 7:23-28 NLT.
I can’t imagine approaching God outside of Jesus Christ. Sinless priest. Blameless, unstained. Son of God. Who accomplished once for all–the sacrifice for sin.
My life before Christ–broken, selfish, shallow. My life with Christ–healing, changing, full. Before him, I lived for myself. With him, I am never alone. So grateful for a God who’d make a way for anyone calling on his name, because he loves us so much.