Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015:  A REAL Hero!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 239

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINKPlease take the time to take in a video of Alan Jackson singing Blessed Assurance, declaring the song of all saved sinners … that of blessed assurance of the saving grace and the sainthood which is ours in the blood of Christ.

Highlight Passage: Hebrews 3: 1-3 [NKJV]  …  
1 … Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 Who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 
… To Christians suffering for their faith, the Author presents a case of the authenticity of Jesus as King Jesus, … the Christ.
Highlight Context – Hebrews 3: 1-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  The Author building a case for the Sonship of Jesus.

Reference Passage #1 - Romans 5: 6-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK ... 
… Justified by our faith in His atoning sacrifice and blood.

Reference Passage #2 - Romans 5: 8 [NKJV] … 
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
… Do we get it; because if we do, this Hero saves us.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, used an interesting illustration to point to our real hero … the genuine Savior … our Lord … the One Whose blood did it all to save us. Gustafson pointed to a recent book where the research of the author uncovered the reality of the lives of a couple of men who have been glamorized and elevated in the movies to hero status, … that of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday (see attached photo of these two as depicted in a 1994 movie). The author of the book contends, as he stated in an interview about the real Wyatt Earp: “[This man] didn’t do anything remarkable in his whole life, … ever.” 

But if we go to God’s word, one can find many true stories of just the opposite, … i.e., very fallible, even broken men, who became real heroes of the faith. Consider Gideon, or Joseph, or even Moses, … or … in the NT, … Saul of Tarsus, who became the Apostle Paul and Simon, the fisherman, who failed Jesus miserably but became Peter, preaching to the masses at Pentecost. True heroes!!

 Yes, the ODB author today, uses Moses as the prime example of a real hero of the faith, … yet, one who was a murderer and a broken man who needed 40 years in the wilderness as a shepherd to develop the humility to receive a calling from God to become THE HERO who would lead God’s people out of Egypt. But even Moses, as much of a hero as he was, according to the author of Hebrews, could not compare with our ultimate hero, … Jesus, … the Son of God, Who died the most humiliating death ever to bring us into a right relationship with God, the Father (see the highlight passage as well as that of Romans 5 linked above).

 My friends, Jesus, is the only true hero of our faith; and all we need to do is believe in and worship this Hero as our Lord; and He has saved us for all eternity.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … my Hero … I believe!!  … Amen  

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