All Access Pass

 

January 19

 

Read Ephesians 2:17-18

And He came and preached peace to those who were far and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

 

Reflect

What is the only way to experience peace with God? What is the only way to approach Him?

 

Have you ever been backstage at a concert? Maybe you were given one of those badges that said VIP and you flashed it at the security guards like you were really important. You got to meet a star, shake their hand, pose for a picture, and tell them face to face how much you admire them. But chances are you didn’t get that pass for free. There was a cost involved.

 

So it is with God. Not just anyone can approach the God who created the universe! In order to approach God, you have to be perfectly sinless and holy as He is holy. Do you know any humans who fit that description? Me neither.

 

So how could anyone be considered near to God? Well, He chose an exclusive group of people to be His chosen ones. And they could experience God’s presence. But it came at a cost. It required blood. God’s chosen people, the Jews, had to follow God’s laws carefully, offer animal sacrifices, and make offerings before God in order for their sins to be forgiven. Without blood atonement, they were just as far from God as everyone else. If they wanted access to God, they could exclusively have it. But they had to pay the price of blood sacrifice.

 

But then everything changed when, “He came and preached peace.” Through Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice, all of us--Jew and Gentile--can be at peace with God. All of us can have access to the Father! Even better, it’s free! It doesn’t cost you anything. Jesus paid the price for us. He shed His blood as a sacrifice for us. We have been made holy and blameless in His sight through Jesus! The Jews no longer have exclusive access. Paul is clear that both Jews and Gentiles have the same access through the same Holy Spirit.

 

Friends, Jesus came so that everyone can approach God the Father! But they have to come by the shed blood of Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us that no one comes to the Father, except through Him. Do you want access to the God of the universe? You can have it. All you have to do is accept the free gift of salvation that is offered through Jesus Christ.

 

Pray

God, thank You for sending Your Son to grant me access to You. I know I don’t deserve it but I long for Your presence. Amen.


 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

If you found value in this post, please share your comments, questions, and prayers with us!

Discipleship Tip: Sharing is discipleship. Invite a friend to join you each day for a morning coffee and conversation about God. Click the sharing button below to get the conversation started.


Lord, I know that I could never approach You. And so I thank You that through Your sacrifice on Calvary, I can now approach my Father through You. Teach me how to walk.
Thank you Jesus.
Thank you Lord.
Amen
I have all access to the throne of God For his Son Jesus Christ dying on that cross for my sin, thank you Jesus.
Thank you Jesus for saving a sinner like me!! Praise the Lord-Amen
I wonder how often we really stop and think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. This should be a constant thought as we go about each day. I am so thankful for my salvation that He made possible on that cross.
*THANKYOUJESUS*
Carol, I Pray that the Lord reminds You that He alone provides your every need! Let it all go surrender it to God, He will not fail you. I Pray The Lord will give and fill You with His True Healing Presence, Peace and Bless and give you a speedy quick recovery from all that else You. Trust and Believe then receive that Healing in Jesus name Amen
Thank you Glorious Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SON JESUS, AND THE SACRIFICE HE DID TO BRING PEACE TO ALL IN JESUS AMEN
Thank you Pastor for this wonderful bible teaching you have today are was very bless and may God bless you all amen
Carol, I pray that you will experience good health and quickly. I pray for God's peace as you wade through the health battle. Amen!
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Please pray for me ,My name is Carol. I have so many heath problems I am almost 70 years old and I need prayer that God will heal me from these health problems and for me to help me Love Him and seek Him more please and thank you Amen!!!
Amen 🙏
Amen
Amen
Amen! You got have a friend in Jesus! That's a blessing for what he did for us! Amen!
Amen to that!
Very clear message. God chooses all of us. We must decide to accept His gift or not. I accept Jesus Christ. I am sorry for my sin. I will follow King Jesus.
Pastor Nat you just described the great news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and He alone has given us the ability to be a child of God. One way the Bible describes Jesus as the ladder that connects heaven with the earth. How amazing that Jesus choose us to believe in Him and what He has done for us! Amen
Thank you Pastor Nat for this wonderful reminder today! Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins and giving me "access" to the Father. Thank You for the free gift of Salvation! I am now rejoicing in You, as I journey with You in my new identity. I love You Lord, continue to fill me with Your peace and joy. Amen!
Thank you For being there when we need you for always being by my side
Thank you Jesus for the peace you give me each and every day!!
Thank you, Lord, for your sacrifice and for becoming my/our savior. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
By the sacrifice of.the blood of the Lamb, our sins are forgiven and we are granted access to a new covenant with the Father. Praise be to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Help us surrender our will to You....Amen!
So grateful Father that Your peace is offered to all. So loving of You. Amen.🙏🏼💗
Amen
Amen, Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice for sinners like me and thank you God for sending him into this world that we may repent of our sins to become closer to you! Thank you! Amen!
Amen
Oh to be near God and far aeay from sin. How sweet it woud be..
In your presence is where I always want to be; Lord draw me to your side.
Amen