Friday, February 18, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Hebrews 4:15

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
 
In my Bible, chapter 9 in Leviticus is entitled: The Priests Begin Their Work.
 
It says, "7 Then Moses said to Aaron, 'Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering ... to purify yourself and the people. ... 12 Next Aaron [offered a] burnt offering. ... 18 Then [a] peace offering.
 
"After that," continues the story, "Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them."
 
Though the term "high priest" isn't used until a book or two later, look at what Aaron did for the people. Now ask yourself: Wouldn't you like a high priest who's job it was to purify you?
 
Israel waited for generations for that high priest, their Messiah. You have him with you already and always! Not only did Jesus raise his hands to purify you -- stop, look at the cross, and see his hands raised ... Yes, not only did he raise his hands to purify you, but he understands your weaknesses and loves you anyway.
 
In the name of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven, your heart is purified, your hope is secure, and joy is real ... and possible.
 
In Christ's Love,
a priest who raises his hands in blessing
and hopes you see ... not me ... but Jesus
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Wow. All my weaknesses. He understands them. All the anger, despair, confusion, frustration, sin, rebellion, deceitfulness ... He understands. AND loves anyway!  Jesus, the high priest, loves us in spite of ourselves.  That. is. Grace!

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