Nosocomial Infections (Hebrews 4:16)

A nosocomial infection is a hospital-acquired infection. Although this may appear to be an oxymoron, it is a well-known potential complication of any hospitalization. In the news we hear terms such as MRSA and CRE. These are acronyms that represent Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Methicillin and Carbapenem are antibiotics that were formerly effective against Staph and Enterobacteria respectively. The use of powerful antibiotics in hospitals has led to the emergence of microorganisms that are resistant to these previously effective antibiotics. These resistant strains of bacteria may lead to serious problems and even death in patients who are infected. Hospitals take extremely careful precautions to prevent these infections but as recent news stories have trumpeted, these infections still occur and the results may be devastating.

Hospitals are beautiful and magnificent structures, built to welcome and instill confidence in the patients and their loved ones that the health care providers and facility can treat and cure their medical problems. Ironically, a facility where medical care and treatment are most advanced may become one of the most dangerous places to be treated.

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

A throne room is also a magnificent structure, built to inspire and intimidate. If we lived in a kingdom and were asked to approach the throne, such an encounter may be fraught with fear and uncertainty. The king holds absolute power over his subjects. One wrong move or errant word and one could be imprisoned or even executed. There is no more important place to make a request but it could also be the most dangerous place one could visit.

God’s Throne of Grace is set upon His Son, Jesus Christ.

We approach God’s Throne of Grace with reverence. There is no higher honor than to approach His Throne. But unlike a worldly throne room or a hospital, there are no dangers or lurking threats.

He is the Supreme Ruler of the Universe but He humbled Himself and took the form of a man to bear our sins, for which we should be justifiably punished. We approach God’s Throne with confidence knowing that Jesus understands our deepest needs and will bestow His mercy and grace upon us to help us. If we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He promises to do this.

Won’t you come to Jesus Christ to approach His Throne of Grace with confidence?

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.