I, a sinner, reached forth my hand of sincerity and knocked upon the door that I hoped would bring me to God’s mercy, but the door did not open to me.
I returned at another time, and this time I knocked upon the door with the hand of diligence and determination—but it still did not open to me.
I waited awhile and decided to improve my behavior before I knocked again. After a long season of denial and self-improvement I hoped my knock would quickly be answered, but there was no response.
I decided I would try one more time. This time I was confident. I had spent over a year in good works, in religious activity, in sacrificial giving, and in many prayers. I extended my righteous right hand and knocked, but the door remained closed to me.
As I walked away in silence and uncertainty, something unexpected occurred. I heard a knock upon the door of my heart. I wondered in amazement as I heard the knock again. “Who is it?” I replied.
“I am Jesus, the way to the Father and to His mercies. Will you open to me?”
“But I have often knocked upon the door that would lead me to God’s mercy, and it would not open.”
“You have been knocking upon a man-made door. It is a door that can never be opened, for it is not my Father’s way to His mercy,” Jesus replied. “The doorway to my Father’s mercy has never been shut, for I am the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world.”
“How can this be?” I asked.
“The way could never be made by you, or anyone else. I was sent by my Father to make the way possible for you to come. It is My shed blood that opened the door and made the way to My Father’s mercies. It is My blood, shed for you, that is upon His mercy seat.”
“Jesus, I see. I believe. I open. Thank you for providing the doorway, the blood way, the mercy way to God.”
And from that day to this, I have freely and confidently drawn near to His mercy seat and always found grace to help in time of need.
Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ASV