Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hebrews Challenge Chapter Nine

First, Chaia's procedure to put a new PIC Line in was hugely successful. Switched from her left arm to her right arm and she has been her normal self throughout the afternoon.

Now, Hebrews 9:1-28

Want to know what Heaven is like?

According to this chapter, you can get a familiarity with at least one aspect of Heaven by understanding the earthly tabernacle/temple set up.

I encourage you to take some time and 'feed yourself' and do some digging into what the tabernacle was like. It can really help to study the design of the tabernacle and then pray through that design. So that's a homework assignment for you.

13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

With Jesus, we have a better way.

It is interesting to me what the point of the cross is in this passage. It isn't forgiveness (though he certainly forgives us). It isn't our salvation (though we are certainly saved.) It is "so that we can worship the living God." We are forgiven and saved for a purpose...which is to lift His name High.

I think any Gospel that is more about US than HIM is narcissism.

Those who know Jesus and have been redeemed by the cross and resurrection exist to make much of Him.

So the challenge for me and for you...How are we doing? With our friends? Our family? Our coworkers?

Do they know that you carry the name and fame of Jesus by the way you treat them, work and care?


Anonymous said...

Prayers for Chaia,Jack and his family,Grandma Thompson, Grandma Penrod,Uncle John and the Buss family,and you and Shaina. Kneeling for all of you.
"With Jesus, we have a better way." Praise God for His Word.

Joanne Sadlon said...

My "slightly past midlife" crisis, has me realizing that I could have done so much more to proclaim the name of Jesus. I can't go back for a do-over. I am who I am today because of the trials and the teachers in my lifre. Before, I was not able to be open about my faith. Now I have the confidence. God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

My problem now is discerning when it's OK to preach and when it is more effective to lead by the example that Jesus has given.