Getting this written early tonight – even before the sun sets – and the sunset comes early these days. Currently we are watching the Buffalo Bills put it to the New York Jets. It’s good to see our “local” team winning. I’m sure all my Western New York friends will be happy with this win.
The weather has taken a turn for the cold – it probably feels more like December than November. Friday and Saturday we had lake effect snow. It didn’t stick around for long, mainly because the temps moderated today and the ground is still warm. Yesterday however, was brutal – it was 30 degrees, but windy and wet and it made it feel horrible. Today, in contrast was much nicer.
This past week, we had the opportunity to pray with the local pastors and then on Wednesday we met for our regularly scheduled meeting. We put the finishing touches on our Community Thanksgiving Service that will be next Sunday evening. I will be directing the choir and leading the musical worship. Also as part of the service we are collecting non-perishables to give to those who may have an emergency food need.
This evening we will get a chance to talk to our kids and I am looking forward to that. It is one of the reasons I’m getting this written early.
We had a good worship service this morning. Today was the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. At the time it was called the Great War or even the War to End All Wars. Since it was also Veterans Day, we honored them and commemorated the 100th anniversary. I preached a message called “Dressed to the Nines.” We are to clothe ourselves with the characteristics of Christ. It was well received.
That’s about all I have – have a great week!
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
25th Sunday after Pentecost | November 9, 2018
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:24-28 New Living Translation (NLT)
Again the writer of Hebrews shows us how Jesus Christ is superior to the old way – the way that we know as the Old Testament. Jesus is our great high priest. The tabernacle that the Jewish people constructed here on earth was simply a foreshadowing of the thing to come. In many ways you could say that the tabernacle was “seeing through the glass darkly” or looking a mirror and seeing a dim reflection. The magnificent temple that is heaven, makes anything here on earth a pale reflection.
Christ entered the true tabernacle to cleanse us of our sins – and again – Christ did it once and for all time. Christ is the perfect sacrifice and the tabernacle he entered in the heavens is the perfect tabernacle. There is no need to repeat the sacrifice over and over again. He does not have to enter the Most Holy Place once a year because the atoning sacrifice is done when Christ died on the cross. As the writer says, “he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own sacrifice.”
The writer continues, that when we die, we come to judgment, but when Christ died, it took away the sins of the people who trust in Him. AND one day he is coming back – not to deal with our sins – because those are already dealt with – but to bring us full and complete salvation. That day is coming and we need to be ready for it. We need to have our hearts prepared. Christ died and rose again so that we may have life and live it to the full.
A cool little worship find from Tommy Walker.