Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014

Psalm 40:6-17, Isaiah 53:1-12, Hebrews 10:1-4

In the days of Moses, in the time before Jesus came to Earth as a human, people sacrificed animals as an offering to God to atone for their sins.
Today all three passages speak to this.

The entire Hebrews passage for today says this:

"The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins."

The Psalmist starts out by saying that he realizes that the Lord doesn't delight in his sin offerings. He pleads with the Lord to come rescue him out of his pile of sins.

In Isaiah we see that Christ took on everyone's pile of sins and was punished for them. In our place. So that we didn't have to continue to make sacrifices year after year.

Verse 5 in Isaiah 53 says, 
"But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed."

An older version says, 
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

This is the verse behind my cross tattoo (or, one of the verses). As a daily reminder for what Christ has done for me, and all other rebels who believe in Him.

Ok it's hard to see, but their are stripes on the cross. Taken at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.

Read through Isaiah 53 again. Reread the Hebrews passage. Remind yourself daily what the Lord has done for you.

God of every land and nation,
you have created all people
and you dwell among us in Jesus Christ.
Listen to the cries of those who pray to you,
and grant that, as we proclaim the greatness of your name,
all people will know the power of love at work in the world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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