MORNING MEDITATION

“Live In Preparation For The Day Of The Lord!”

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“Live In Preparation For The Day Of The Lord!”(Heb.10:19-25).
The Jerusalem temple had after the sanctuary the Holy Place and an inner section called the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies). What seperated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place was a curtain. Within the Most Holy Place was the ark of the covenant. The ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff and the stone tablets of the covenant. The priests entered the Holy Place regularly to carry out ministry, but only the high priest entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year with blood for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance (Heb.9:1-7ff).
When Jesus gave up his spirit on the cross, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom”(Mt.27:51).
By this Jesus opened the way into the Most Holy Place to all of us.
Today’s text can be understood against the above background. “Therefore, brothers, 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 sincere faith, having our hearts spinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water…”(Heb.10:19-25).
Even though Jesus by his blood has opened the door of reconciliation for us back to God, we have these five exhortations:

  1. Let us draw near to God. 2. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. 3. Let us consider how we may spur one another on. 4. Let us not give up meeting together. And lastly, let us encourage one another.
    There are also conditions for drawing near to God:
  2. A sincere heart that has no divided allegiance within. 2. We must have faith that trust and follow Jesus Christ without hesitation. 3. We should have total freedom from a sense of guilt. Such a freedom is based on the once-for-all sacrifice which Christ made. Lastly, our bodies should be washed with pure water, that is through the baptism we received.
    Dear friend this is how we should be prepared for the Lord, “all the more as you see the Day approaching,” even though it comes like a thief in the night.
    Prayer: Holy Spirit strengthen me to wait patiently and in full readiness for the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
    Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
    Rev. Babila Fochang.
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