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Jesus: Reverent and Obedient!

Scripture reading for October 18th:  Isaiah 60-63, Hebrews 5

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.  And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”   

Jesus Christ, our High Priest, was a man of prayer during His time on the earth.  He was reverent before His Father, learning obedience through what He suffered.  His total obedience to His Father made Him perfect as our source of eternal salvation.  He lives forever to intercede for us.

Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth as light from the Father and showing us Your glory.  Thank You for Your reverence and perfect obedience.  Help me to follow Your example.  Amen.

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Jesus: Made like His brothers!

Scripture reading for October 15th:  Hebrews 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 2:1-3)  Because Jesus is far superior to the angels and His message is final, we must pay closer attention to it.  Drift is never towards God or Christ!  Ignorance will not be an excuse for those who have heard the Word of Christ Jesus.  God confirmed this Word with signs, wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We must hold fast to Christ, not allow anything to distract us along the way!

Jesus is now exalted to God’s right hand and crowned with honor and glory because of His willing suffering of death for the sins of men.  He willingly tasted death in order to bring many other sons to glory.  “Since 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.  For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.”    (Hebrews 2:14-17)

Jesus shared our humanity in order to identify with our plight and and come to our aid when we are tempted.  He is now the faithful High Priest who covered our sins and comes to our aid when we are tempted.  We must listen to Him!

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Jesus, our faithful High Priest!

Scripture reading for October 31st: Hebrews 2:1-18

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)   The writer of Hebrews is addressing those Jews who have suffered great persecution and are being tempted to return to their old ways of Judaism.   God spoke in the past to the nation of Israel through the prophets, but now He is speaking to this generation and during these last days to us all through His Son.  If we don’t listen carefully and hear the truth of what He is saying, we will surely drift away into darkness!

“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?  This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” (Hebrews 2:3-4)  We can learn about this salvation by listening to the Lord and those who actually heard Him in person.  God is also speaking now confirming their word with signs, miracles and spiritual gifts.  God will hold us accountable for what we have heard and seen.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9)  Jesus created the world and all that the universe contained.  God sent Him to become a man and share in man’s suffering and death.  Because of Jesus’ perfect obedience, He tasted death for all men and was raised in glory.  He delivered us from our fear of death by taking our punishment for sin.   He is our brother and calls us who trust in Him ‘brothers’.

“For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)  Jesus’ death destroyed the devil’s power to hold men in fear!  Now Jesus has offered His blood as our faithful High Priest  to atone for our sins.  He is a man who has suffered and can intercede for us.  We must not drift away from these truths!

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