star-wars-2908139_64021st Sunday after Pentecost | October 14, 2018

Job 23:1-9, 16-17  •  Psalm 22:1-15  •  Hebrews 4:12-16  •  Mark 10:17-31

12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 4:12-16 New Living Translation (NLT)

As soon as I saw this morning’s passage, I looked up images of swords. I’ve mentioned before that I have been using Pixabay for my images. There were many different images of swords, but the one that intrigued me were those of lightsabers. As I thought about it, I wanted to use the green lightsaber because green is typically the color of the Jedi.

I think about light sabers and think about the passage above.  The light saber is a powerful weapon – even more powerful than your standard sword. It was made famous in the Star Wars saga.  Yet, when we compare the light saber to the Word of God, it still comes up lacking.

The Word of God — that is Jesus is the most powerful weapon – as the writer of Hebrews has been making an argument for – that is known to us.  The Word of God is sharper than any sword. It can expose our hearts.  Scary, isn’t it?

But as we move to the next paragraph, we find out that this same Word of God that can cut us open and expose all of our heart and soul – also became our great High Priest.  Even though he can cut open our hearts, Jesus understands the frailty of the human body.  Jesus was sacrificed for us. He gave himself up to make a way. The writer of Hebrews tell us that Jesus knows our weaknesses. Jesus faced everything we have and yet was without sin.  So Jesus stands as the perfect mediator between God and us.

For that reason the writer of Hebrews writes:

So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  

I am thankful that the one to whom we are accountable, was also willing to be our great High Priest – to be our great sacrifice – and I am thankful for His mercy and grace!

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