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Sunday, 14 August 2016
Duration: 27 mins 11 secs
In this passage the writer of Hebrews contrasts the way sin was atoned for in the earthly tabernacle with the heavenly tabernacle established through the shedding of Jesus' blood. We see that our reconnection with God is made in the person of Jesus, being both fully man and fully God, rather than through the high priest offering sacrifices on our behalf. We learn that in this Jesus has brought the holiness of God to His people, and that instead of being an annual sacrement, it lasts forever.
Sunday, 07 August 2016
Duration: 31 mins 7 secs
We are reminded again in this passage that Jesus is the true High Priest who has finished His sacrificial work and now sits on the right hand of God in heaven. For the Jews, being under the old law, their lives centred around the temple where sacrifices were offered to the Lord. But this was only a shadow of what was to come with the old law now superceded by Jesus. Today we now have the new covenant which is all about what God has done for us. Jesus has sacrificed Himself so that we can be saved and be forgiven for our sins.
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Duration: 35 mins 30 secs
What does it mean to have Jesus as our High Priest? The high priest was the person who stood in the gap between human sin and the perfect God, having to offer sacrifices. The old Levitical system was not perfect and needed to change. The people needed the perfect priest - one who was appointed not on the basis of their ancestry, but on the power of an indestructible life. Jesus is the only one who can fulfil this role. Jesus goes guarantor for us, but also paid the price for our sin. Jesus' priesthood is permanent - He is always there to intercede for us. Jesus is the only one who can forgive us of our sins and who can save us completely.
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Duration: 38 mins 31 secs
The writer of Hebrews in this passage warns us as Christians not to drift away from God. We need to make the effort to pay attention in the way we live our life - is it our way or God's way? We need to grow in what God has already given to us. Our eternal life is confirmed because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. We need to persevere in God, drawing ourselves back to Him. Our hope is in Jesus because He is our rock, our firm foundation, our refuge and our anchor.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Duration: 29 mins 9 secs
In the Old Testament, the high priest was appointed to represent the people in matters relating to God and to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. Today, because we are not perfect and cannot come before a perfect God, we have Jesus as our High Priest to represent us before God. We can now approach the throne of God with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Jesus can identify with us, knows us completely and loves us. He will lead us into God's presence. Jesus is the source of our salvation and provides us with practical ways to live our life for Him. Do you need God's grace and mercy?
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Duration: 44 mins 34 secs
Leading up to this passage we see how the disciples have been right amongst the miracles of Jesus and this passage is no exception - they saw God on the move. Today we can bare testimony to God being on the move in our own lives, but there are times when God challenges us to do more and step out in faith for Him. Without an understanding of the revelation of where God is taking us, we will just do our own thing because we feel we should have faith in our life. We need to learn to discern Jesus, ask Him for permission to call us into something and then take the step of faith (Collect, Clarify, Commit and Correct the revelation).
Sunday, 03 July 2016
Duration: 26 mins 57 secs
This passage encourages us not to fall short of the rest we have in God and the promise of the good news and hope we have in Jesus. God's rest is not found in this world, but it it found in God's word. We need to make every effort to obey and hold firmly to our faith in Jesus. We can approach God with confidence because of the faith and trust we have in Jesus. Is there an area in your life that you have not handed over to Jesus that does not allow you to approach God with confidence?
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Duration: 45 mins 25 secs
The writer of Hebrews in this passage is highlighting to the people that in the past they had put their trust in Moses, who had brought them God's commandments and law. Moses had a great track record of leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, but now the people had to fix their thoughts on Jesus. Today, we need to do the same in keeping our belief, faith and trust in Jesus. Who do you trust to lead you?
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Duration: 32 mins 18 secs
This passage describes the coming of Jesus to earth as someone who might become a merciful and faithful High Priest. One of the requirements of the High Priest in the Old Testament was to be a representative of the people before God. In becoming human, Jesus was made lower than the angels - He was the same as us. Jesus now goes before us and because of His human experience, He is able to be a true representative of us to God. When we fail regularly because of our sin, we have Jesus who will stand before God on our behalf and restores our relationship with Him. Jesus saves us from eternal death.
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Duration: 42 mins 17 secs
Whatever the challenges we face in life, as Christians, we must persevere to keep on fixing our eyes on Jesus. In this passage the Jewish Christians were being encouraged to stay strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and not fall back on old practices or rely only on angelic experiences in their lives. Jesus is set above all things and now sits on the right hand of God. We need to be careful to pay attention and not drift away from Jesus, despite what experiences we go through in our lives. What are you fixing your eye on that may cause you to drift away from Jesus?