Imagine you’ve been backslidden for a while.  Life took a really bad turn for you. You felt like God wasn’t there anymore, so you’ve lived your life on your own terms. You’ve dabbled in things you know you shouldn’t. To be blunt – You’re a mess. And then God, in His mercy, decides to rescue you from the mess. When it’s all said and done, He wants to meet with you to renew your relationship. So, here He comes, revealing Himself from a mountain filled with fire, lightning, thunders, smoke, and the sound of a trumpet blaring. Yikes! Scared yet? It gets better.

As you stand there trembling, He utters His first words to you. What are they? The 10 commandments. The terms of your relationsihp. Double yikes! You’ve broken every one of them in the last 20 years while a captive in Egypt. How on earth is this relationship going to last more than 5 seconds? You know you’re as good as dead.

This is how the Israelites felt the day God renewed His relationship with them on Mount Sinai. Sheer terror. In fact, they were so scared, they ran away. They told Moses to speak with God for them because they knew God would kill them if He talked to them face to face. And so, Moses became their mediator, going to them on God’s behalf, and going to God on their behalf. It’s a sad story to be honest. Because it isn’t what God wanted.

When the next generation stood on the brink of taking the Promised Land,  Moses reminded them that God wanted a relationship with them, not by proxy. Deuteronomy 5:3-4 says, “The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire.”

Face to face. Isn’t that mind-blowing? God wants a face to face relationship with me? It’s what He desired in the beginning with Adam and what He desires now me. And He’s removed every obstacle that could ever come between us. See, even that new generation had to keep their distance from God because of the sin issue. They couldn’t enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence dwelt. They couldn’t even go into the Tabernacle. Their relationship, from a religious perspective, was through a priest.

All of that changed with Jesus. Based on His once for all sacrifice for sin, Hebrews 10:19, 22a says, “Therefore brethren, having boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus … Let us draw near …” We can enter into the Holy of Holies! Hebrews 4:14a,16 says, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest … Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace …” The sin issue was dealth with completely when Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished!”

I’m so glad I don’t have to be afraid to come to God. I’m so glad, that despite the fact I’ve broken His commands and not been a very good friend to Him at times, He still wants to see me face to face each day. Over the course of history, so many men who’ve sinned or failed had a close friendship with God (Abraham, Moses, and David are just a few). I don’t have to be afraid that He won’t accept me. All because of Jesus!

Have you thanked Jesus lately that you don’t have to be afraid to come to God anymore because of what He’s done for you? Take some time tonight and draw near, even if you’ve blown it today (or the last few years or s0). Open your Bible. Let His words speak to You. And then recommit yourself Him. What’s stopping you?

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