Daily Worship

Jesus our Benefactor

Peter Neilson November 21, 2019 0 0
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Hebrews 9: 23-28 (NIV)

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

‘Now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.’ (from verse 26)

“Once for all.” Dare to believe it. It is done. Forgiven at the Cross. No need to beat ourselves up. The way to God is open. No need to struggle to find God. At-one-ment. Unbreakable connection with God through Jesus. In Christ. In God. Then and now. Now and forever. “Once for all.”

— In your imagination, sit at the Cross —

Gaze on the Lamb of God
Who takes away the sin of the world.

Recall the failures that niggle and haunt you.
Where fear robbed you of trust.
Where cowardice blocked that act of compassion.
Where anxiety painted the future black.

Make your own confession
As you sit at the Cross in silence…

— Watch the love of God flow from that Cross —

Sense that Divine love underpinning your faith.
Follow that love over the threshold of resistance.
Imagine that love inviting you into God’s good future.

— Look at the space beyond the Cross —

A pathway shining.
A figure approaching.
A hand reaching.

— Listen —

“I am going to my Father and your Father,” he says.
“Do not be afraid,” he says.
“Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace,” he says.

— In your imagination, sit at the Cross —

Do not rush away.
Linger longer…