16 January 2017
Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.
One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!’
New wine, fresh skins.
Purchasing a new computer often brings with it changes which are difficult for us to accept. The physical hardware has changed in terms of appearance and size but the software within the computer has also changed. Some of the software is pre-loaded and it is often the latest edition. This causes much grief to a user who is familiar with the shortcuts associated with the old software.
I believe the same can be said of our faith. There are times when we realise that our beliefs is incompatible with Faith of God. This often results in a disagreement which is resolved by an individual adopting a ‘buffet’ approach where we choose to believe whatever suits us and ignores the rest. Perhaps it is time for us to re-examine what these incompatible beliefs are and how they are preventing us from becoming closer to God.
This type of reflection will often bring forth a spring of emotions which we may have spent time repressing and hence we should continue to pray in our lives and ask God to touch us in these areas and let his love heal us in these areas.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer – Dear God, we pray for courage to accept our weaknesses.
Thanksgiving – We give thanks for the forgiveness you have shown us.