No matter what we’ve done, endured or face around us and ahead of us, we are assured that Jesus stands ready to listen, intercede and forgive. There is nothing we can face that he has not already faced for us and with us. This gives us the amazing privilege to approach our days with confidence and faith in all situations.
Worship this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Jesus the Great High Priest Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10 August 22-23, 2015
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
Jesus, the Great High Priest, was called by God to perform the duties of a high priest for all the world. These duties included blessing the people. Jesus is accessible and understands the human plight because he became human and lived through the temptations and trials of humanity.
Read – Sunday, Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10, Jesus the Great High Priest
Monday, Hebrews 9:15-22, Mediator of a New Covenant
Tuesday, Hebrews 9:23-28, Christ’s Sacrifice
Wednesday, Hebrews 10:1-18, Christ’s Sacrifice
Thursday, Hebrews 10:19-25, Call to Perseverance
Friday, Hebrews 10:26-31, Call to Perseverance
Saturday, Hebrews 10:32-39, Call to Perseverance
- What does it mean that Jesus is the Great High Priest? What other images can you think of for Jesus that speak to you?
- Where do you see Christianity persevere in your community? How does your expression of Christianity look the same as it did at the time of Jesus? How does it look different?
- Do you think there is a limit to how much suffering people can endure? What is your limit?
Do: Consider how you have struggled to persevere as a Christian in your community. Have you struggled to share your faith with others? To live by the values your faith professes? To make sense of the differing faiths of others you are close to? Be intentional this week to work at perseverance in the area you struggle with the most.
Bless: May Jesus, the Great High Priest, bless you each and every day. Amen.