Devotion Day 85 - through the Bible in 90 days

Day 85 – Hebrews 1:1 – James 3:12

Well, I read all of Hebrews and didn’t get into James. I may just use the two days of grace at the end of the 90 days through the Bible, so I can finish at a slow pace and enjoy the readings. I’ll see.

Here’s some of the passages from Hebrews that stood out to me.

Hebrews 4:14-16 – 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 7:27 – 27 Unlike the other high 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.

Thinking back to our early readings of the Bible in 90 Days, I recall all the passages about all the sacrifices the priests had to make on their own behalf and behalf of the people. Now in Hebrews we hear how Jesus is our eternal High Priest who made the great sacrifice of his own life for all our sins. The image of Jesus as our eternal High Priest is something that I really treasure from the book of Hebrews.

Then in chapter 12 we hear; 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he 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 sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (12:1-3)

I enjoy reading and hearing this text on or near All Saints Day, November 1st every year. It reminds me of all the saints past but also all the saints present. It also is a great text to remind us all of how Jesus leads us in the race of life, the race of being God’s saints of today. One of my goals each and every day is to” throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” so I can run the race of faith.

Here are a couple more nuggets from Hebrews to hold on to. They come from chapter 13.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

This text has come to mind often when stranger comes into my office. Sometimes when they leave I get a sense that God has been in my midst.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Thanks be to God that God is and Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is in this that we can trust and know that through Jesus our eternal High Priest all our sins are forgiven and we are given new life. Amen.

O Christ, thanks to your great sacrifice, I can face today and all that it holds, knowing that you go before me and beside me all the way. Amen.

Next reading: Day 86 – James 3:13 (or for me all of James) – 3rd John.

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