There’s a place in this universe, though it was created for every man, woman, and child who’d ever grace this planet, far beyond the reaches of the most powerful telescope.
A place not made with human hands, but a place where every sin-stained hand can find complete cleansing.
A place ignored by some and cursed by others. Yet it’s a place where never once has anyone been turned away.
Throughout the generations, many have attempted to destroy the very mention of its Designer. But those attempts have not frustrated Him, nor have they diminished His great love for each one.
A picture of that precious place was painted for us with words spoken by the author of Genesis, when recounting the events of man’s first transgression.
Moses wrote, “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21 ESV)
The picture was further developed when the Lord told Moses, “There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony…” (Exodus 25:22 ESV)
Moses knew it as the Mercy Seat. The place created by God, for man. The place where man could meet with God; sinful man communing with a Holy God, at the seat of mercy.
The place far beyond our casual reach, but as close as a simple prayer for help.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)
Throughout the ages, man has attempted to erect a substitute for that special place. But even with all their logic and labor they’ve never created anything other than a false hope; a deadly delusion.
No, mankind can’t improve it, reproduce it, or make it go away.
The Mercy Seat; the Throne of Grace. The place where Heaven meets Earth; God fellowships with man.
Jesus told His disciples He was going to prepare a place for them (John 14). He did. The place of mercy; the place of propitiation and atonement.
Jesus is the place of mercy. The Mercy Seat.
Every one of us need the mercy of God, because every one of us is guilty of sin and rebellion. Each one of us has filthy hands, and a wicked heart.
But to all who will acknowledge their need, Heaven calls out to them: “Come and receive mercy, and find grace to help for every need.”
All you need to do is believe, and call.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)