GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

JESUS CHRIST is our ‘compassionate’ HIGH PRIEST today

JESUS CHRIST is our ‘compassionate’ HIGH PRIEST today

December 14 Bible Reading: Hebrews Chapters 4-6

"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb 4:14-16)

The writer of Hebrews has already introduced Jesus Christ as our great High Priest earlier as follows: "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus" (Heb 3:1). He is our great High Priest who is seated in His heavenly throne on the right hand of God the Father (Rom. 8:34). He was both human (Jesus) and divine (Christ), who can truly sympathize and empathize with us even though He was the sinless perfection who knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21), who committed no sin (1 Pet. 2:22), and no sin was seen in Him (1 John 3:5).

Our state of total transparency before a sinless and sympathetic God ought to encourage us to come boldly before Him, seeking mercy and grace. Mercy refers to the remission and removal of our sins the punishment of which we do deserve, while grace refers to us receiving spiritual gifts the blessings we don’t deserve.

God's throne has now become to us a ‘throne of grace’ through the mediation of our High Priest at God's right hand (Heb 8:1; 12:2). We approach this throne of grace, not of judgment, obtaining mercy for the past and grace for the present and future. Our confidence to approach Him boldly is based on the knowledge that He died to save us and that He lives to keep us. He will welcome us with open arms when we go to Him in prayer.

Only Christianity provides such boldness for sinful men before a holy God, and that boldness is possible only because of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. The sobering thought of our complete exposure before God draws us to the merciful High Priest who, having been tempted can help us in our weakness. He lives to intercede for us (7:25) and to help us to do His will (13:20–21).

"And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming." (1 John 2:28)

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