Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016: Once For ALL

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 60  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Matt Papa singing It Is FInished… declaring the reality Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice of His blood to save all who believe in His completed work on the cross.

Highlight Passage:  Hebrews 9:22, 26 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  
… Only once He had to shed His blood; and as He said from the cross, “It is finished!” 
Highlight Context – Hebrews, Chapter 9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Blood was sacrificed under the Old Covenant … only One shed His blood for all in the New Covenant.

Reference Passage #1 - John 19:28-30 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Once for all and “IT IS FINISHED!”

Reference Passage #2 - Hebrews 9:27-28 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… He died once for us; we die once to self and are raised forever by His blood.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Keila Ochoa, told of a friend who had trouble understanding the blood Jesus sacrificed on the cross. She wrote: Mary Ann believed in God and His Son Jesus, but she struggled with why Jesus had to shed His blood to bring salvation. Who would think of cleansing something with blood? Yet the Bible says, “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood” (Heb. 9:22). That, in Mary Ann’s opinion, was disgusting! … Then one day she had to go to a hospital. A genetic condition had altered her immune system, and doctors became alarmed when the illness started attacking her blood. As she was in the emergency room she thought, If I lose my blood, I will die. But Jesus shed His blood so I can live! 

The author of the book of Hebrews in the NT wanted the Jews following Jesus’ resurrection to understand that the New Covenant, with Jesus’ blood on the cross, had fulfilled the Old Covenant [see Hebrews, Chapter 9 linked above]. That when Jesus said, “It is finished!” on the cross and died, His blood was the blood of the Lamb of God; and it was all that was necessary to satisfy God, the Father, and to give faithful mankind all that was necessary to save them at their judgement (see Hebrews 9:27-28 and John 19:28-30).

Do you get it, dear one? Oh, how I pray that we do. Because if we do, and in faith have received the power from Christ’s blood, we will spend eternity with Him. If not, … we will not; and our pain will never end.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Oh, Lord, thank You for Your blood, which was shed for my life. … Amen  

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