19 January 2017
The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him.
To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because he has done this once and for all by offering himself. The Law appoints high priests who are men subject to weakness; but the promise on oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son who is made perfect for ever.
The great point of all that we have said is that we have a high priest of exactly this kind. He has his place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in the heavens, and he is the minister of the sanctuary and of the true Tent of Meeting which the Lord, and not any man, set up. It is the duty of every high priest to offer gifts and sacrifices, and so this one too must have something to offer. In fact, if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are others who make the offerings laid down by the Law and these only maintain the service of a model or a reflection of the heavenly realities. For Moses, when he had the Tent to build, was warned by God who said: See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.
We have seen that he has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises.
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Transjordania and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed. For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he warned them strongly not to make him known.
The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain
We sometimes put very little faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps we are born in an environment where insecurities play a very important part in shaping our character. There is always a desire to ensure that all bases are covered and that we have in place contingency plans and spare supplies in case things do not go according to plan.
The purpose about why we are carrying out a particular action is very important. We need to remember that as Christians, all our actions and words need to be life-giving. Whenever we begin any major plan or action, we do not do it because of an obligation to our superior. We do it because we want to show the people around us what it means to be a loving person.
This method may seem naïve and even idealistic but rather than let the ways of the world contaminate us, why don’t we let the love of God be poured out upon them? Charity can win over even the most hardened person.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer – Dear God, we pray for our total obedience to you.
Thanksgiving – We give thanks for the generosity of others.