The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God‘s presence in heaven itself. Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up himself as the sacrifice. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. But this intervening command of God, which came later, appoints the Son, who is absolutely, eternally perfect. – Hebrews 7:27 The Message

Caring for a house is not a one-time event. It is an ongoing cycle that never ends during life. There are housekeeping tasks, outside tasks, and the periodic house structure care. I love the thought of a mansion waiting for us in heaven. Since it is perfect, that means it doesn’t need upkeep … right?

As walking tabernacles of God, our house gets dirty. This dirt, sin, is unholy and keeps us from entering heaven, so God provided high priests that took care of the sin problem. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a lasting solution. Time and time again, sacrifices had to be made to purify the high priest first and then the rest of the people.

Then came the greatest Christmas gift ever … Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross took care of the dirt in our lives once and for all for those who call on his name. There is power, healing and love at the cross for us. Unwrap the gift again as you spend time with your Savior.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for healing us completely from sin. I pray that your gift refreshes my soul every day knowing of your great love for me. Amen

Faith Tip: As you wrap gifts for others that will in time wear out, remember the eternal gift given to you with great love from Jesus.

Only one way

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And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:

   “You are a priest forever,
   in the order of Melchizedek.”

The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:15-19)

Mary looked longingly at the new car her neighbor just purchased. She wondered how she did it. She works part time, but is that enough for her and her husband to afford a new car? Mary thought of her own car in comparison and knew hers was less. How great it must feel to get behind the wheel of a new car, she thought. She sighed and went back to her work.

Coveting is one of those commandments we are not to do. Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of breaking one of the laws or another. That is why in Hebrews it says that the law was weak and useless, because it did not make us perfect. The law does show us how imperfect we are and how much we need our high priest, Jesus, to make us perfect. It was by his death on the cross that we are made holy. There is no other way. We live a better hope because of Jesus drawing us closer to God. That’s something to praise about today!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the laws of Moses you have established to show us how we should live. Forgive us for the times we fall short. Thank you for the grace and mercy you give us through Jesus. Amen

Faith Tip: Reflect on the true gift of the cross. Hold a cross in your hand or draw a cross and meditate on its meaning.