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Jesus our faithful High Priest

Scripture reading for February 17th: Leviticus 1-3, Psalm 27, Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2:14-18 “Since, therefore, the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because He, Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”

The writer of Hebrews shared how the descendants of Abraham were partakers of flesh and blood. They were also sinners and lived under a slavery to the fear of death. God had placed eternity in their hearts and they knew that they would stand before God as a judge. God’s remedy to help lost and enslaved mankind was to send His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and to live in perfect obedience to the Father. Jesus came in human flesh and was subject to the trials and temptations common to sinful man. But He was sinless and offered His body and blood as the perfect sacrifice for sins. Atonement and propitiation are the two words used to describe what the substitute sacrifice would provide. Through Jesus, deliverance from the slavery of fear of death and sin’s power and cleansing from sin was accomplished.

Leviticus 1:3-5 “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Then he shall kill the bull before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your Son as the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Thank You that He is a merciful High Priest and understands our weaknesses and need for mercy. Thank You for the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ delivering us from fear of death and the power and penalty of sin. We now see the goodness of God in the land of the living!

Psalm 27:13-14 “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”

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No More Fear of Death!

Scripture reading for December 12th: Hebrews 1-2

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:1-3a)   The letter to the Hebrews was written to Jews who had been saved and became followers of Jesus Christ.  They suffered intense persecution,  some had their own families disown them, and some were being put to death.  The persecution caused some to begin to question their salvation and relationship with Jesus Christ.  The writer encouraged these Jews to pay careful attention to the word of God and the truth that had been preached to them.  Careful attention would keep them on the narrow path of life.

The writer of Hebrews reminded these believers that the the Son of God had brought the message of salvation to the Jews first.  He confirmed it with signs and wonders and miracles.  (Hebrews 2:3-4)  Jesus was raised to a position of glory and honor after suffering death for everyone.  God made the author of their salvation perfect through suffering and He is in the process of perfecting those who follow Jesus as well.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)  As Christians, we now have no more fear of death.  Christ has freed us from that fear by conquering death and the grave.  He destroyed the devil and took the keys of death and hell away from him.  (Revelation 1:18)

All men have been held by the fear of death because all have sinned and know that death is the penalty for sin.  The second death is the real fear because it is appointed to men once to die and then comes the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)  Christ took our sins and paid the penalty of death for all who believe on Him.  He can help us now because He is our faithful high priest,  having offered His own blood for our sins!  (Hebrews 2:17-18)  What a blessing to be freed from this enslaving fear!

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