July 12, 2020: SOAP #3874:   Isaiah 11-14; Hebrews 9 Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 9:14  How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!  Observation: Bringing a sacrifice for sin […]

July 12, 2020: SOAP #3874:   Isaiah 11-14; Hebrews 9

Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 9:14  How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 

Observation: Bringing a sacrifice for sin in the Old Testament days did not cleanse me from that sin.  It only reminded me that sin brought death"death to the sacrificed animal.  That sacrifice did nothing to relieve the sense of guilt or the weight of my guilty conscience.   It was my sin, and it was my sacrifice.  There was no sacrifice I could ever make to atone for my sin.  I needed someone to do for me what I could not do for myself. 

Like the song we used to sing in Hawaii: 'I owed a debt I could not pay; He paid a debt He did not owe.  I needed someone to wash my sins away.  And now I sing a brand-new song, Amazing Grace.  Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay!'  (unknown) 

Application:  There is no sacrifice that I could bring to make me un-guilty.  But when I stop justifying myself and admit that I am guilty, the forgiveness that comes from Jesus' sacrifice of Himself of the cross cleans me from all unrighteousness.  I am justified.  In God's eyes (the only eyes that matter) I am declared un-guilty!  It is AMAZING! 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, there is nothing I could ever give you to match the value you gave for me.  Thank you for reminding me of the great love you showed me at Calvary.  I give my life to you"to serve you, the Living God.  Holy Spirit, help me show my love by living a life that honors the Father and pleases the Son.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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