#theFives wouldn’t be possible without Jesus! Day four we focus on how he made a way for personal conversations with God, no password required.
“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.”
Before Jesus came to earth and died on a cross for our sins, the only way to settle the score of our mess-ups (i.e. sin) was for a priest to sacrifice something on our behalf. Our sin needed payment. Think of it like finances- our sin was the debt, the animal offered in sacrifice was the payment, and the priest was the banker who oversaw and facilitated the transaction. There was no gettin’ to God without a priest, bottom line. (Hebrews 10:11-14)
But what does Hebrews say? JESUS is the GREAT priest. That means the best ever known, above all other priests. His death on a cross was a bigger payment for sin than any other priest could offer. As a result of his sacrifice, nothing can stand in the way of you and me hanging with God on a personal level. Relationship with God = No human priest required. (Ephesians 2:4-9, 13)
1.) Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind the sins you have committed so far this week. All of them. Even the little white lies.
2.) Imagine laying each of those sins at God’s feet. Ask for forgiveness. We know that Jesus sits at the right hand of God in heaven and he is interceding on our behalf. All that mess you just brought to God? Jesus says, “I paid for that. It is covered in my blood.” God sees Jesus’ sacrifice and no longer condemns you for your sin (Romans 5:8-10; Hebrews 8:12)
3.) That was your warm-up. Some of you are carrying weight from past sins that you shouldn’t carry. Now that you know what confession and forgiveness looks like, will you also let go of these? The heaviest? The most guilt-bearing? Jesus’ blood covers ALL sin- the intentional, the unintentional, the ones we cause and the ones we are affected by.
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