Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/20/2018

Today please be in prayer for

Melinda Harwood
Oskaloosa: First UMC
Topeka District
Michelle Testman
Ozawkie UMC
Topeka District
Jeff Potter
Perry UMC
Topeka: University UMC
Topeka District
Jack Dutton
Rossville UMC
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Hebrews 10:11-18 

And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds,”

he also adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Today's Devotional

When we think of a high priest, what image do we have? Some people think of a priest out of the movies, maybe even one of those poorly done films in the old days in Africa. Others may think of a Bishop in the Catholic Church being a High Priest over the local town priest. Then others may think of the priest in the Bible and the Jewish worship described there.

 “The Siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE was the decisive event of the First Jewish–Roman War. The Roman army, led by Titus, besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem.  

The author of Hebrews, whoever he or she was, writes as if the temple worship was still in place and how Jesus has taken the role of the high priest. Each year the Sanhedrin would choose the man to be the high priest and go into the Holy of Holies to make the sacrifice for the sins of the people. Our author tells us our high priest is Jesus, chosen not by men but by God and not for one year but for a lifetime. Plus, the sacrifice he has made would never needs to be repeated. One sacrifice for the sins of all people, from the past, to the present, and forever.

“15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,

16 “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” 18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.” (NLT) {Hebrews 10: 15-18}

My sisters and brothers, what Jesus did as the High Priest never has to be repeated and we are justified because of his gift on the cross. May we live this new day as forgiven – justified people serving our Resurrected Lord Christ Jesus, empower by the Holy Spirit.

-Rev. Dennis “Buck” Linton-Hendrick               
Pastor of the Harvard/Inland/Trumbull UMCs, Nebraska

Prayer for Reflection

Loving and gifting God, enable each of us to live this fresh new day in the power of the Holy Spirit, reflecting the loving saving grace of our eternal High Priest Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


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