God Remembers

When Billy Graham left this earth for heaven a few weeks ago, the whole world knew about him. He had served God tirelessly for decades, spreading the Gospel far and wide, bringing many people into contact with Jesus. He had accomplished great things for God, and everybody knew about it.

Then, too, there are countless people who quietly and faithfully serve God, day in and day out, year after year. Perhaps no one else knows who they are, or can point to their accomplishments. But God sees; God remembers; and God rewards.

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Our Savior

“While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the One Who could rescue Him from death. And God heard His prayers because of His deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him.” Hebrews 5:7-9 NLT.

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Bold Because of Grace

Jesus, having lived the full experience of a human life without once sinning, has opened for us the way to His Father–Who is now our Father as well. Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice to God, and now offers us a place in His Family.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There, we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 NLT

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Jesus Understands

“So then, since we have a great High Priest Who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.” Hebrews 4:14,15 NLT.

Jesus is, as C. S. Lewis once pointed out, the only complete realist. He experienced all human temptations, and, in triumphing over them all, He knows the strengths and weaknesses of each one. He understands the depths of sin, and He knows the perfect “way of escape” for each temptation.

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At Rest

“So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their¬† labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter into that rest.” Hebrews 4:9-11 NLT.

God had prepared a rest for Israel, His chosen people. He had announced to them that it was ready for them, and He would bring them to it. But, as a people,  they repeatedly refused to have faith in Him and obey Him; and since it is only possible to enter His rest by faith, by believing in Him, they could not enter His rest.

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Consider Jesus

In the third chapter of Hebrews, Jesus is both compared and contrasted to Moses. For the Jews, whether Christian or not, Moses was a revered figure. Moses was the intermediary, the one who spoke to God on Israel’s behalf, and the one who spoke to Israel on God’s behalf. Moses was the final authority; God’s Law, communicated to Israel by Moses, had become known as the Law of Moses.

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Jesus Knows

The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was, in every respect, like us; He experienced fully the life of a human being as He became our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He offered a sacrifice, Himself, on our behalf– a sacrifice that takes away sin, the sacrifice that is sufficient for all the sin of all humanity for all time.

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