Note: Last week we looked at the promise of the coming messiah and the role of the prophet. This week we look at the promise of the coming messiah and the role of the priest.
Sunday, December 13
Psalm 110:4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Prayer: O God, we thank you for sending Jesus to be our high priest.
Thought for the day: Abraham, the father of many nations, gave an offering to a priest and king named Melchizedek.
Monday, December 14
Hebrews 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayer and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Prayer: Jesus, you came to be our priest and to offer prayers for our every need.
Thought for the day: Even a moment of prayer may spare one an hour of grief and worry.
Tuesday, December 15
Hebrews 7:21,22 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind; ‘You are a priest forever.’” Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
Prayer: O God, thank you for sending us Jesus your Son to give us a new covenant with you.
Thought for the day: Nepotism is not a bad thing when the next of kin is the most competent for the job.
Wednesday, December 16
Hebrews 7:24,25 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always live to intercede for them.
Prayer: Jesus, knowing that you are praying for us in our darkest hours gives us courage to go on.
Thought for the day: The person who prays to Jesus never hears the refrain, “We apologize for your wait time. Due to a larger than usual call volume your call will be placed on hold and answered in the order in which it was received.”
Thursday, December 17
Isaiah 53:4,5 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried away our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for coming to make a sacrifice for us that we could never make.
Thought for the day: The body is so designed to heal its wounds that dentists report they can see their patients’ gums begin to heal shortly after a surgical procedure.
Friday, December 18
Hebrews 9:25,26 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Prayer: Jesus, without your sacrifice our hope of salvation would be empty.
Thought for the day: Veterans remind us that freedom comes at a price, and not infrequently the price is the sacrifice of life.
Saturday, December 19
I Peter 2:24,25 He himself bore our sin in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but not you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls.
Prayer: O God, thank you for sending Jesus who knew he would die on Calvary’s tree and who came anyway.
Thought for the day: The first ornament to go on the first Christmas tree was the body of Jesus of Nazareth.