Day 356

Today’s Reading – Hebrews 7-10

Every priest stands every day serving and offering the same sacrifices over and over, sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this priest offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right side of God. Since then, he’s waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for his feet, because he perfected the people who are being made holy with one offering for all time.  The Holy Spirit affirms this when saying,  This is the covenant that I will make with them. After these days, says the Lord, I will place my laws in their hearts and write them on their minds. And I won’t remember their sins and their lawless behavior anymore.  When there is forgiveness for these things, there is no longer an offering for sin.   Hebrews 10:11-18 CEB

This is why Christmas is filled with Good News.

Christmas occurs within the shadow of the cross.

2000+ years ago when Christ was born, the cross was still to come. So give them a break for not fully recognizing the greatness of the small child born in Bethlehem.

We have tried for centuries to earn God’s favor. We work hard. We make sacrifices.

All in vain. Forgiveness and connection to God comes through the Cross.

And that journey begins in a manger in Bethlehem.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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