For my devotions today, I read chapters 4 and 5 of the Letter to the Hebrews. What a powerful and important book in the Bible! I especially love the way the book opens: “In the past, God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son.” There is no question: we’re in the “last days.” There is no question: God is still speaking to us.
Jesus Christ became humble, for us! Because of this, we’ve been given direct access to God. This is a key idea in the Letter to the Hebrews: Jesus Christ is the great high priest. In fact, Jesus is the ONLY high priest.
Do you know what the Bible mean by the word “priest?” My favorite definition is, “a priest brings God to people, and brings people to God.” St. Peter wrote about the “priesthood of all believers” which means that every believer is a priest. The greatest priest, the HIGH PRIEST of course, is Jesus! By his Cross, Jesus brings God to us, and us to God. Because of this we are made to be priests! We’re at our best when we “hold fast to this faith.”
One way to do this, the Letter tells us, us to honor “Sabbath Rest.” We’re at our best when we honor and obey the ways and will of God! In the Sabbath Rest, it’s important that we take the time to LISTEN the living Word of God.
In the last days, we remember, God SPEAKS to us through the Son. We do well to listen.
Why listen? Why pay attention to God, in Christ? Why help others to have a relationship with God, in Christ? The Letter to the Hebrews says the answer is nourishment, eating proper food. As infants, we start out with milk. But as we grow, we starting need solid food, meat, bread, potatoes! Just as we don’t stay infants in life, we grow into adults in faith.
I find it amazing that we’re willing to grow in knowledge and understanding in so many areas of life, but we reject the possibility of growing spiritually! It was Billy Graham who said that we spend a LOT of time trying not to offend people -- but we don’t mind offending God. The Letter to the Hebrews warns us: we’ll render an account before God, so be careful how you live. Don’t offend God! Strive to be spiritually mature.
One of my favorite biblical teachings comes in this section. We’re told that God has set aside a special day to start believing, a special day set aside to live in faithfulness to God. That special day is: “TODAY.”
TODAY is the day to live our lives in faith! TODAY is the day to believe in Jesus Christ! TODAY is the day to believe in the Resurrection! TODAY is the day to be a priest! TODAY is the day to bring someone to God. TODAY is the day to bring God to someone.