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Jesus Christ: Motivated by Joy!

Scripture reading for October 29th:  Hebrews 12

In a sense, Jesus, too, lived by faith.  He knew His Father’s heart and plan to save mankind through sending Him to earth to reveal the way home to heaven for lost men and women.  He ‘saw’ what was not visible as He walked this earth and acted out of a deep trust in His Father’s Word and will.  He suffered and died on the cross to bring many sons to glory by justifying them through His blood sacrificed!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses; let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  In you struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding you own blood.”  (Hebrews 12:1-4)

Christ’s example of faith and joyful obedience should motivate us as believers!  We have a great host of people of faith that have gone before us as witnesses.  We can, through faith and the power of the Holy Spirit, throw off sin and all hindrances to pursuing Jesus and His promises.  We can patiently wait for His return and the fullness of salvation.   After all, we don’t have to suffer nearly as much as our Lord!  Most will never have to shed their own blood so let’s run this race to win!  The joy awaiting us is worth it!

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Jesus saves completely!

Scripture reading for November 6th: Hebrews 7:18-28

Do you ever wonder if you are really saved?  Do you sometimes think that maybe you are not quite saved, but are missing something?  Feelings can play tricks on us.  We are mortal and our flesh has insecurities and our enemy loves to make accusations.  The writer of Hebrews wants to reassure the believers of the completeness of their salvation!

God appointed Jesus to be a priest forever by using an oath.  “And it was not without an oath!  Others became priests without any oath, but He became a priest with an oath when God said to Him:  “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: ‘You are a priest forever.'” (Hebrews 7:20-21)  When Jesus became a priest, He was superior to the Levitical priesthood and had a better covenant as well.

“Not 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)  There is no more need for another priest!  This Jesus will always be there any time we have a need.  We can call on Him and know He will pray and has already sacrificed His body and blood on our behalf!

“Such a High Priest meets our need–One who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.  Unlike other priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people.  He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself.” (Hebrews 7:26-27)  Jesus is set apart from sinners like us.  He is completely holy and pure.  He was sinless and is now exalted above the heavens.  He has already offered the perfect sacrifice and has been made perfect.

We are so blessed to have this wonderful High Priest!  We don’t need another and never will.  He faithfully intercedes for us and will come back to receive us to Himself.  We can be assured of complete salvation:  forgiveness of our sins now, power to live a holy life, and a glorified body enabling us to live in God’s presence forever!  That’s something to boast about and shout joyfully to the One who paid it all!

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Made Perfect Forever!

Scripture reading for November 10th: Hebrews 10:1-18

We are painfully aware of our lack of perfection!  Something or someone is always there to remind us of our faults and sins.  We have an inner voice of conscience as basic equipment from God.  We have our friends and enemies who blurt out the truth.  We have consequences of our evil deeds that keep on coming as we reap what we’ve sowed.  And in the spiritual realm we have Satan, the accuser, bringing up our faults.

Under the old covenant of law and sacrifice, the sacrifices were just reminders of sins.  It was impossible for the blood of animals to remove sin.  (Hebrews 10:3-4)  The writer to Hebrews quotes Psalm 40:6-8 to explain God’s heart in bringing Jesus Christ to establish the new covenant.  Sacrifice and offering was not what God really wanted, they were only shadows pointing to the reality of the final sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Jesus came to do what God wanted, a man who was fully committed to do His will!  “Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.”  He set aside the first to establish the second.  And by that will we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:9-10)

Those who come to Jesus Christ and believe in Him for cleansing from sin find a new relationship with God.  They now know the Lord personally and understand His will.  God actually writes his laws on their hearts and minds, enabling an inner understanding better than the conscience.  (Hebrews 8:10-12; 10:16)  Jesus’ blood cleanses their consciences of sin enabling them (and us) to live without fear of death or judgment.  (Hebrews 9:14, 27; 2:14-15)

God actually purges the record of our sins in heaven as well.  He chooses to remember our sins no more!  (Hebrews 10:17)  When God no longer remembers our sins, a sacrifice is no longer needed!  Therefore, we can rest completely in what the blood of Christ has done for us!  We are now made perfect forever by the one sacrifice made by our Lord Jesus!   We rest knowing ours sins have been forgiven and forgotten by God.  We rest in the inheritance of eternal life.  We rest knowing we can stand at the judgment as one without condemnation or fear of punishment for sins!  What a marvelous Lord and complete salvation!

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