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.

Who is he?

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Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” – Luke 9:18-20

God was always out there somewhere in Lisa’s life. She knew when struggles came, she was to pray and hope for the best. She daily lived her days working full time and caring for her two school-aged children. Life was busy, but she got by.

At church, the pastor was reading the Scripture where Jesus was asking the disciples who they thought he was. The message the pastor gave showed the importance of knowing who Jesus is to us. So as a response, they passed out pieces of paper to the congregation for them to write down who Jesus was to them. Lisa stared at the blank piece of paper, and then stuck it into her purse.

We know who people are to us in the relationships we experience. Mother, father, friend, mentor, coworker, son, daughter, confidant, and more are some of the people we interact with in life. We relate to them according to the role they play in our life. What role does Jesus have in our life?

Prayer: I praise you, Lord, for the role you have in my life. I pray that our relationship grows stronger each day as you journey with me through life. Amen

Faith Tip: Determine the role Jesus has in your life. Is there a need for change?