Scripture for Today – April 10, 2007

Dear Fellow Christian,

20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV).

It’s more or less “resurrection week” in terms of our daily Scriptures, and here we have another. The bodily resurrection of Jesus is simply the single most significant historic reality which defines and gives meaning to everything else about the Christian faith. This passage from the very end of the book of Hebrews is a “benediction” or “blessing.” It is sort of a “prayer out loud,” and “in third person,” an expression of deep hearted desire for the recipients that they would know the good things God is being asked to do for them. I’d like to ask you to read through this slowly as an expression of hope and prayer for you – God’s hope for you, the church’s hope for you, the Apostles hope for you. And it really is appropriate for any follower of Jesus Christ, not just the recipient of this letter. What does benediction say to us about Jesus? What does it say to us about God’s hopes and desires for us? What does it say about our life purpose? I pray God will impress this verse deep into your heart.

In Christ,

Joel

 

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