Posted by: R M White | 11/24/2014

Going In To the Home-Stretch

Those who have been reading the New Testament in a Year realize that we are going into the beginning of the end of this journey. I loved the book of Hebrews – so full of issuing challenges and also, just reading all those examples of faith is amazing. There’s so much I love in Hebrews. It’s commonly known that we aren’t certain who the author of the book is but, we do know, for sure, that this person knew the Word, the history of the Law and was at home with sharing it.

The exaltation of Jesus as Lord is of primary concern … God himself lets us know that Jesus is His son and who we are to listen to. He is higher in rank than angels or any other being.  His authority reigns as opposed to any person or law of the Old Covenant. Probably one of the greatest things is that even though we see Christ as all-authority, he submitted to becoming a human just like us and lived a life here on earth … even allowing himself to be crucified. It’s just too beautiful for words. And the fact that he is our High Priest – perfect and sinless … and that he can truly empathize with us. What an incredible God, wanting to understand us like that. I love that we are told to approach the throne with confidence… man, do I ever even fully grasp that?

Hebrews 6: 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

For me the letter to the Hebrews just gets better chapter by chapter and truly I believe it just sums up the entire Redemption Love Story. It is a book that can solidify a person’s faith in Christ and the awesomeness of the New Covenant we have with him. There was this shadow of things to come … always alluded to and finally it arrived in the form of Jesus!

Hebrews 8: 13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. 

and all the way to 9: 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

And to think I am recipient of this amazing Story!! You are too! … every single person has the privilege to get to know this Story … read the Word and then obey it. Totally wonderful.

I am so, so grateful!! Aren’t you?

 

 

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