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Advent 2012: Day

Christ came to fulfill the need for an all-sufficient sacrifice for sins


Today's Text: Hebrews 10:10

Text: Hebrews 10:10
When I was growing up, my mom had a little sweet idea of encouraging us to share things we’d be giving to Jesus each year for the holidays. Our mornings, perhaps – for more devoted time with Him. Our favorite little treat — to focus more purely on Him. Our desire for presents — to treasure Him above all else.I don’t think my mom’s idea was religious or based in false sacrifice, but I’ve learned that as a woman who finds it easier to “offer sacrifices” than it is to receive grace – I see the danger that lies within my heart to offer the Lord sacrifices rather than my whole self.There is such a huge distinction between offering sacrifices in our own pursuit of righteousness and just pouring out our devotion on Jesus. Frankincense, Gold, Myrrh – maybe those offerings by the wise men who visited Jesus seemed superfluous – but they were just treasures poured out for Him in love.

This is such a ripe time for us to check our hearts. Do we pour out our treasures in love or in the hope that our sacrifices negate our need for grace? Let’s make sure it’s reckless abandoned love and worship rather than an attempt at our own atonement – a need that has already been met by the object of our affection.

  • I think it is so amazing that I have been praying for the past 2 weeks or so about just loving God. Not asking him for anything but just to praise and worship Him for who He has and continues to be. He is amazing to me and I am so undeserving.
    I read this and a particular song also came to mind

    I Pour My Love on You-Juanita Bynum
    "Like oil upon your feet
    Like wine for you to drink
    Like water from my heart
    I pour my love on you
    If praise was like perfume
    I'd lavish mine on you
    Till every drop is gone
    I pour my love on you
    I pour my love on you"

  • Paula Mendez

    Perfectly put Alicia

  • My thought was how much do i Love Jesús? He wants all of me. If I hold back from offering all my heart ,mind, and strength, it means I still want me.

  • What can I say about grace, it still amazes me after walking with The Lord for many years. Each time I think about grace how it found me, how it changed me, how it continues to change me- it fills me with such joy. The Lord is amazing how He provides everything you need…through His love and grace. I need His grace every day, every hour…our country needs His grace. It's the free unmerited favor of God…glory, it makes me want to shout!

  • i pray that I may love you Lord with my whole heart. I give myself to you. I am so very grateful for all of Your sacrifices.

  • Tahwahnah

    Jesus paid it all – all to him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it WHITE AS SNOW!
    This is an old Christaim Hymn that I grew up with. As I look at these words I realize, I could never pay him back for what he has done for me, but I can accept it as a gift from God. I can be GREATFUL in my heart and live for him and do his will for me in my life. However, Jesus gift to me is PRICELESS. :-) Thank you Father for this precious gift of love and sacrifice.

  • Wow! That was powerful. Thank you

  • Wakanetwork

    Christ sacrificed himself once to take away the sins of many people. He gave Himself for our sins. He came into the world to save sinners. Praise the Lord

  • On September 11, 2012 I wtote a blog post on the very concept called “Indebted with no option to repay.” The Holy Spirit is powerful.

  • operastevie

    Hebrews 10:1-10
    The plan of God from the beginning is so incredibly awesome. He knew man would most likely fall or turn to his own ways. In order for us to freely follow him the plan was faith and belief and not anything we do in our own strength. The advent (or coming of Jesus) to pay the price for our sins is such an amazing thing and yet so simple. It is simple enough for all to be able to believe and yet men have continued to turn to their own ways.
    John 3:16 God has given us the gift of his son that whosoever shall believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
    The wise men from the east brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. These are some of the uses for the frankincense and myrrh.
    (taken from Google Search) Used as an accompaniment of the meat-offering (Leviticus 2:1 , 2:16 , 6:15 , 24:7). When burnt it emitted a fragrant odour and hence the incense became a symbol of the Divine name (Malachi 1:11 ; Song of Solomon 1:3) and an emblem of prayer (Psalm 141:2 ; Luke 1:10 ; Revelation 5:8 , 8:3). It was often associated with myrrh (Song of Solomon 3:6 , 4:6) and with it was made an offering to the infant Jesus.
    The expensive resins were symbolic as well. Frankincense, which was often burned, symbolized prayer rising to the heavens like smoke, while myrrh, which was often used for burials, symbolized death. Accordingly, a mixture of wine and myrrh would be offered to Jesus during his crucifixion.
    Jesus was wrapped in “swaddling clothes". There is a meaning to swaddling clothes which gives a whole new meaning to the symbols of the manger scene. The link below tells of their true meaning.
    Jesus received the gold which I believe signifies his pure, sinless nature, the frankincense and myrrh as symbols of his burial and that he had come to die for us and was wrapped in the cloths of death. He came to die for us. A new covenant from the Father to the creation he created. The sacrifice of God the Son, his one and only Son.
    Thank you Father for the plans you have for us. Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. NLT For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

  • I also see this message as so applicable to how we love our husbands. There can be a tendency to sacrifice for them instead of joyfully, tenderly pouring out genuine affection and preference and honor upon them. The first can lead to exhuastion & bitterness. The latter to an increase of love. And if we are engaging in this wonderful love life with Jesus first, receiving and living in His grace, it will be His energy filling us to love others. Yes!! Let's do it!!

  • Gaby Galeano

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  • I have nothing to offer the King, no sacrifice, no small gift, nothing that He could need from me, so instead I give Him my heart and soul.

  • Today’s devotion was wonderful food for thought. I have made so many changes in my life. None I looked at as sacrifices to him. But I stopped to think about them any way and just check self once more. The more I studied those bad habits, thoughts, and feelings the more I realized I gave those things up so that I could be free fully the worship him the way I was meant to. #shereadstruth

  • This passage is one of my faves in terms of understanding why it was necessary for Christ to be a sacrifice. We aren't bound by repeated ritual sacrifices..God hears us when we come to him and through Christ, we are forgiven. It's a beautiful thing.

    My prayer today? That we each live today like the gift it is. Amen!

  • I have commented a few times about my feelings of guilt. Today’s reading I really felt touched my heart. For God does not want our guilt. For our faith and the good we do for others is far more valuable. Our self-pity and self-punishment (guilt) is like saying Christ dying on the cross isn’t as valuable as it truly truly is!! It’s demonishing the power and love of Christ. He died on the cross for us and to save us!! How liberating!

    The tragedy that happened in a CT school really hit too close to home for me. As a parent myself I am horrified that any one would open fire in a kindergarten classroom. While the pain is still very real I found some comfort in Psalm 37. Hugs and love to anyone involved and hurting from this tragedy.

  • Whoa! Today's devotional opened my eyes to a entirely new perspective! I've got some thinking and self searching to do on this one.

  • Enlightened by today’s word and devotional. I think many of us are struck with the thought of sacrificial praise vs tipping the scales.
    When I read God’s word, I am filled with such a supernatural desire to be consumed by everything this God has for me.
    But let my praise be also done with abandon for what I might gain from it as well. I feel good when I praise God. But I want to praise Him with that all-consuming desire to praise Him…just because He is.
    He is good. He is love. He is truth. He is faithful.
    Lord, let my life be a sacrifice of worship and praise to You, for You, alone, are holy and worthy. Bless the families in Newtown, as they wake to the realities of what has happened. Sweet Holy Spirit, come in as a cover and blanket them with your comfort and resolve, mercy and love. Bless our country, Lord. Help us to be wise women, mothers, grandmothers who will live our lives righteously in our communities so that others will see and Your name will be praised Give us a desire for decency and love for one another and help us to stop ignoring our brothers and sisters People are hurting but more than that we are nation full of lost and dying on their way to eternal hell if no one helps them see Your light. Praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen

  • Such a good reminder. Am I doing things, making sacrifices out of my pure love and devotion for my Father or am I doing it to earn his love and devotion? Nothing I can say or do is ever good enough. All I can do is come to him with a repentant heart and humbly receive his grace and mercy. Oh, what a gracious, loving Father we have! Praise his holy name!!

  • rocknitat55

    Something to definitely think about. Can we just love him, adore him for who he is?
    I shall ponder this all day. Just because… when I think about me,us, wanting to receive just a hug, a peck on the cheek, a whisper of thank you to feel appreciated for the things we do… (although many are n our job descriptions, home & abroad)
    Christ who gave, who is our ultimate sacrifice deserves and wants nothing less.
    How can I just love him, how can I just adore him without any preconceived reasons?
    I need to do this, I want to do this. Lord show me how to praise u, love u purely without wanting something back.

    Because of who you are I give you glory
    Because of who you are I give you praise
    Because of who you are I will lift my hands and sing
    I will worship because of who you are!
    My Jehovah Jira , My provider

    Awesome post, ladies can u imagine if we all all gave our Daddy a big hug today… just because. God bless u all.

  • Madeleine

    This passage challenges me to come before our Lord with empty hands, ready to be filled with His grace and mercy. My efforts are good, but I can never earn His love or heaven. In the face of yesterday’s tragedy in CT I want to thank God for His goodness, for His promise to never leave us or let the darkness destroy the light.

  • Amen….

  • It is dangerously easy to try and add to our grace, to Jesus death. His death is enough for all our sin and his will is for us to live according to that truth. I need to bring myself to him every day to ask for him to live in me each and every moment. It is so easy to say Lord have all of me and so much harder to live like that. Great challenge!

  • I never thought of it that way before

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