DEVOTION: Hebrews 10:5-10 (ESV)
5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
"Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'"
8 When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
In the Old Testament sacrifices and burnt offerings were given to pay for sin. Different ones were prescribed for different sins, sometimes a bull, sometimes a ram, other times a grain offering. God had intended these offerings and sacrifices more as a way to show the people how costly it was when you sinned. It was a way to, in essence, show them that there was no way they could pay for their sins themselves.
What ended up happening is that the people misunderstood that. They thought they were truly making satisfaction for all of their wrongdoing. They thought that these sacrifices fulfilled their "obligation" to the Lord, when all along there was no obligation.
What God wanted was their hearts. he wanted them to do His will, not under obligation, but out of love and honor for the Lord.
That's where Jesus comes in. Not only did he make total satisfaction for all sins for all time, but he did God's will completely out of love and honor for the Father and for His children, for us. Jesus became prophet, priest, and king for us. He has fulfilled the obligation of blood for sin, a perfect will toward God, and the love that we are unable to give.
Since the Holy Spirit lives in us and regenerates us, we are able to live holy lives now, not under obligation, but out of love and honor for Christ. We can worship with true hearts. We can do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. We can pray! We can work! We can be at peace with God and one another. All this we can do because off what Christ has done for us!!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending your Son to be prophet, priest, and King for us. Christ, thank you for fulfilling God's will for us! Holy Spirit, thank you for regeneration us and for keeping us int he faith until the Day of Jesus. Amen.
Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15
Thurs- GARMS FAMILY CONCERT 6pm!!
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Men's Breakfast 8am; Sunday school Christmas program practice 9-11; Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Sunday School Christmas Program 11am
Acolyte- Wed- Jack Bunge; 8:30- Sarah Cluver ; 11- Alaina Heitgerd
Ushers- Wed- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Donn Nolte, Dave Callies Sun- Figura Family
Altar- Set Up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean up- Pam Linke
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Steve McDowell; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Lew and Dianne Feldkamp; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Sandra Perricone 11- Steve Robine
Sat. Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat. Perricone 8:30- ???? , 11- ????
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Where is the Bible verse that he will be called "Immanuel, which means 'God with us.'
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