The [esvignore] 5th chapter [/esvignore]of the book of Esther begins with Esther standing outside the throne room waiting to present herself to the King to make a request on behalf of her people. For Esther to enter into the throne room uninvited is truly a life and death moment. You see, if King Xerxes, her husband, doesn’t hold out his golden scepter, Esther will immediately be ushered out and put to death. We can only imagine what Esther must have been feeling at the moment of entrance into the throne room. Esther knew she was probably dead if she didn’t act but she might also be dead if she did act. Or did she come to a settled place of confidence that there is no way her husband wouldn’t accept her and raise the scepter. Did she come to a place of realizing that God was with her and had put her in this position for this very purpose? We don’t know for certain what Esther was feeling and we can only speculate as to her thoughts and feelings at that moment.
However, one thing we can know for certain is that none of us needs to come fearfully or terrified to the throne of King Jesus. We don’t need to wonder if we will be received or not. In fact we are invited by the writer of the book of Hebrews in the 4th chapter: “Let us, therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (v.16 KJV). Another version tells us to come “with confidence” (NIV), not with eyes downcast or heavyhearted. This current ministry of intercession by the Lord Jesus Christ is seen repeatedly throughout the pages of the New Testament. Again the writer of Hebrews says in the 7th chapter- “therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (v.25 KJV). In the 9th chapter he writes “For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (v.24 KJV). Paul also addresses this thought of our intercessor in his first letter to Timothy in the 2nd chapter where he states “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (v. 5 KJV). One last thought from Paul along this line is found in the 8th chapter of Romans where Paul writes “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us”, (v.34 KJV).
Let us know for certain that the Lord Jesus Christ invites us to come to Him with our burdens and cares. Are you fully utilizing the current ministry of Jesus to your fullest advantage or are you trying to carry all your burdens and needs all by yourself? Do not enter fearfully into the throne room but enter knowing that our God wants to know your needs so that He may provide out of His riches in glory!
Pastor Rich Sivo