This is the last day of the Crash Summer Bible Reading. We end today a 60 Day journey through the letters of Paul and Hebrews. What an amazing summer! Honestly, whether one hundred people read along in scripture and read these blogs or whether no one read – it’s been a great summer. It’s been so good for me personally to walk through these scriptures and I pray it has been helpful to you as well.
“Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.” – Hebrews 13:22 NIV
I love what the writer says here in verse 22. At the very end of the letter he urges them to listen and take to heart what he’s been teaching them. He says he could have written so much more. That’s how I’ve felt all summer. 60 days is just scratching the surface of what God’s Word has in store for you and me. God’s Word is truly life changing. You can do what you want with these blogs this summer – they are just words on a screen. But the Words of Scripture – now that is a different story. They are our daily bread. Don’t stop “eating” this school year just because we finished our reading challenge. Read God’s Word daily and let it change the way you think and the way you live.
It’s been good to be with you each morning this summer and now I pray that the Lord will use you mightily for His glory as you step into a new school year and share this Good News with your friends.
In these two chapters we hear about faith.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV
In chapter 10 we’re encouraged that Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient to bring salvation once and for all and that we should persevere in our faith.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:19-25 NIV
Then in chapter 11 we see this long list of faithful men and women. A “roll call” of some of the most faithful men and women in scripture. At first glance this list might make you feel inferior. It might make you feel as if there is no way to be “as good” as some of these people. I mean…these are some of the most notable people in all of the Bible. A kind of “Who’s Who” list. But that’s not the point. In fact, if you dig a little deeper – every one of these people struggled in their faith in one way or the other. The point is not them. The point is Jesus.
In fact, that’s for tomorrow. Because in order to see fully the point of this roll call of faith…this “great cloud of witnesses,” you have to read on into chapter 12.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
It’s all about Jesus. Our faith should only be in him. It’s not about our ability, our position, our popularity. It’s not about whether we come from a church background. It’s not about the law. It is ultimately about Jesus Christ. I pray you’ll put your full faith and trust in Him today.
Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
The words of this hymn come to mind when I read Hebrews 8 & 9 this morning. Jesus paid the debt I owed. He paid it with his blood.
“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” – Hebrews 9:22 NIV
I am so grateful for the sacrifice He made. I pray that my life would be one that would be spent living as an offering to him in response to all he’s done for me. Not that I could earn my salvation – that was settled on the cross. But that I would worship Him with my life and live in such a way that I would reflect him so that others might believe. He’s coming again and I want everyone to know the Good News of Jesus.
“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 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.” – Hebrews 9:27-28