Friday, October 10, 2008

Words of Encouragement

Jesus, the word.  It is the word, the truth of that word that brings freedom.  It is through that freedom that captives are set free.  Free from sin, from disease (of the body, the mind and the soul).  It is through that freedom that we then can worship the Lord and have it acceptable unto him.

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. - Hebrews 10:10-12

Sacrifices. The Eternal Sacrifice. I mentioned this in one of the post earlier this week, but I wanted to end the week with this same message.  The sacrifices that were made by the priest under the Old Testament did not remove the sins of the people.  The sacrifices were done because it was the law.  However, all was not lost.

We can be made holy by the sacrifice of  one, Jesus Christ. We are able to be living sacrifices because of the sacrifice of Jesus.  His life gave us the ability to live for God so that we would be acceptable and not detestable in his sight.  Jesus' sacrifice gave us the right to be called righteous, because God imparted his righteousness to us. He gave it to us because of his Son's blood.

Today, let us rejoice in the Lord because of the sacrifice that took away our sins.  Not just my sins, but the sins of the entire world.  He did it so that none would perish.  Now he requires us to go and be living sacrifices to others so that through our lives we can draw people to the one that can save, Jesus Christ.