Hebrews 9:12 states the following regarding Jesus’s work on our behalf: “[H]e entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” The author is emphasizing the contrast between the limited effectiveness of sacrifices under the Old Covenant (which had to be made repeatedly), and Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. Jesus’ is a “once for all” sacrifice, which achieves “an eternal redemption.” No more worrying about whether our sins have been forgiven. No more anxiety about whether God will reject us if we do something wrong. Our redemption in Christ is an eternal redemption; it works backwards and forwards in our lives, covering our past, present, and future. It is impossible for us to be “owned” by enslaving sin; we belong to Jesus, because he has purchased us with his own life. Do you realize how valuable you are to your Creator? May these truths provide us with joy in the midst of pain and suffering, as well as hope for the future as we look forward to the bodily return of our Lord and Savior. The sermon text for this Sunday is Hebrews 9:11-22.
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Men’s Lunch: Wednesday, July 12 (12:00pm)
All men are invited to attend the monthly men’s lunch on Wednesday, July 12 at 12:00pm at Pal Joey’s in West Chicago.
Karla and Gary: Please continue to pray for strength for Karla as she navigates ALS.