Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jesus conversations (and truth)

I have conversations about Jesus every day.  You may think that is simply my job, and that has to happen.  But Jesus is not only part of my job.  He is part of my everyday life because I have a relationship with Him that means a lot.

Let’s take some time to think about the conversations we have about the truth, about Jesus.  I am working my way through the book of Hebrews.  So, here are some verses and truth about who Jesus is, what He has done and what we can hold to.  Maybe this is what we have to hold on to as we hold on to Jesus.

And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.  God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.  3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.  When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.  4 This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

Jesus is God’s son.  All that is came through Jesus.  As we look at Him it is evident that the character and grace of God is a big deal, and God’s glory is all wrapped up in and literally reflected through His Son, Jesus.  Because Jesus is the Son of God, He is greater than anything or anyone else.

But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself.  4 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.

Whoever takes the place of God must be God, but we often put others or even things in the place of God.  If you look at people of faith, they will look to those who formed the faith as Moses did in what the Bible talks about.  Moses isn’t and has never been God.  He built much, but all of it actually came from God.  Jesus is better than anyone who has been a faith leader of the past or present.

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.  15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

A priest is a person that takes you to God and speaks to you for God.  Jesus is our high priest and the only high priest.  There are plenty of other people throughout history that have spoken for God.  It is easy to let a person stand in the place of God, yet God provided us with a high priest that can take care of everything.  He makes us strong.  He understands our weakness and our trouble.  Jesus didn’t sin, but He took our sin.  Jesus takes us to God.  He does that now and will do it eternally.

But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.

A high priest speaks to us but also speaks to God on our behalf.  He shares and holds the promises of God for us.  We can and must lean on Jesus for everything.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas.  Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.

Who is in the place of Jesus in our lives?  Or is Jesus in His proper place in our lives?  Thank God that His character is strong and is the same all the time.  It is God’s grace that holds us tight and that we hold on to.  Jesus is God.  Jesus is God’s son.  That isn’t easy to understand, but Jesus is the gift of God given to forgive our sin forever.

I hope many of us will have Jesus conversations today.  We literally are lost without Jesus.  He is not something we add to our lives.  As we come to know Him and love Him we will see that Jesus is our life!  That is an awesome Jesus conversation!

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