In the book of Hebrews, we see, once again, that Christ’s sacrifice was the ultimate fulfillment of all that the Old Testament sacrifices represented: God’s forgiveness for sin. Previous to Christ’s death and resurrection, we were barred from God’s presence and relationship with Him. But by believing in Him and accepting his sacrifice, we are no longer guilty, but cleansed and made whole. In short, His sacrifice clears the way for us to have eternal life.
Armed with the promise of eternal life, we still have the task of going on and growing in our faith. This process takes time. Daily commitment and service produce maturity. Through that maturity and ever-deepening faith, we are not easily shaken by temptation or worldly concerns. Yes, deep-seated faith enables Christians to face trials, both large and small. It also enables us to stay true to God even when we are under fire. Finally, such commitment coupled with endurance builds character, frees us from thinking we can never be good enough, and leads us on to the ultimate victory: eternal life in the company of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through Hebrews 9:24-28 which says (ESV):
24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
About Reach Out and Trust
Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.