Tag: Hebrews 5-7

Jesus saves completely!

Reading for Saturday December 13th, 2014

Today’s reading to help us finish on time comes from Hebrews 5-7.  Here are a few of my favorite scriptures from this section.   May they inspire joy on this day.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and , once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:7-10

“God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.  He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20

“Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.  Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:23-25.

 

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High Priest Forever!

Scripture reading for December 13th: Hebrews 5-7

“No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.  So Christ also did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest.  But God said to Him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”  And He says in another place, ” You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:4-6

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and , once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:7-10

“God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.  He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20

“Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.  Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:23-25

Melchizedek had no record of his birth or death.  He appears out of nowhere to bless Abraham and remind him that God gave the victory.   He brought bread and wine.  Abraham gave him a tenth of the spoils–the first record of tithing!  (Genesis 14:18-20)  King David referred to him again in Psalm 110:4 as a priest of a special order.  Hebrews declares that Jesus belonged to this order through the power of an endless life!

Jesus Christ is now our “High Priest”, living forever at God’s right hand.  He prepared a meal of bread and wine for all who will be victorious over sin through faith!  He alone can save us completely!  Thank God today for His amazing Son and  worship with your tithes!

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Perfected by Suffering!

Scripture reading for December 14th: Hebrews 5-7

It is a wonderful comfort to know that we have a perfect Savior who has been tempted and tested in the same manner that we are.  Jesus Christ was truly a human as well as God.  His suffering was part of the process that God used to help us to become all we need to be through faith.  Today’s readings help us to understand a little better what Jesus went through on our behalf.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what he suffered and , once made perfect, be became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:7-10)

Jesus prayed passionately because He faced trials and temptations that buffeted His soul.  The last great wave of temptation was to save Himself from the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane.  (Matthew 26:36-44)  According to Luke, Jesus’ sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground and an angel came and strengthened him.  (Luke 22:42-44)  While Jesus wrestled passionately in prayer, the disciples were sleeping and deserted him in the night watch.  Jesus desired to have the cup of suffering removed from him, but reverently submitted to the Father’s will that He taste death for all sinners.

He was made perfect through suffering.  His suffering brought Jesus to perfect obedience and humble submission to the Father’s will.  He was then able to become the source of eternal salvation for all who would humbly look to Him in faith.  Because of Jesus’ submission, God designated Jesus a high priest of the order of Melchizedek!  Melchizedek had no recorded genealogy and appeared to live eternally.  His priesthood was of a different order than Aaron’s and came before Aaron’s.  It was based on the power of an endless life!

We can fully trust Jesus Christ as our high priest.  He is a man who is now alive forever in God’s presence.  God declared Him a high priest forever!  He was tempted in every way like us, but was without sin.  His blood is the perfect sacrifice for sin.  We owe Him our reverent submission!

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Hebrews 5-7

Dear Friends,

Greetings on another day of rest.  This is the third Sunday of Advent.  Joy is the theme for today. The angels rejoiced at the birth of Jesus and sang joyful hymns of praise!  The shepherds heard the angel’s announcement, went to find the baby and rejoiced with Joseph and Mary.  As we prepare our hearts, we are filled with joy anticipating the coming of Jesus Christ.  This time He will come with the hosts of heaven and we who believe in Him will be caught up to meet Him in the air!  So shall we ever be with the Lord!

Today’s reading to help us finish on time comes from Hebrews 5-7.  Here are a few of my favorite scriptures from this section.  I hope that they will speak to you of the character and love of Jesus Christ!  May they inspire joy on this day of rest.

“No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.  So Christ also did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest.  But God said to Him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”  And He says in another place, ” You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:4-6

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and , once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:7-10

“God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.  He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20

“Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.  Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:23-25

May the Lord bless your day of rest and reflection with great joy and peace through Jesus Christ!  In His Love,  Pastor John

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