“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”
— Hebrews 12:1-4 —
HE IS RISEN!
The celebration at this time of year should remind us that Christ suffered, died, AND rose from the grave conquering sin and death. Hebrews teaches the truth that Jesus is who he said he is, the Son of God, greater than all nations and promises rest in His resurrection. Rest in Christ reminds us that Jesus suffered far more than we could ever imagine for ourselves. We can rest in Christ knowing that although we suffer through and struggle with sin and the consequences of sin, Jesus suffered much more by dying as a result of our sin.
This reminder to the Christian is for all who claim the name of Christ to push on in the struggle against sin and darkness. As Christians, we have a Savior and Lord who calls us to resist temptation and sin just as he resisted and conquered the same. Jesus’ victory established him as our great high priest before God the Father. Jesus intervened on our behalf before the judgment throne. If we believe that Christ died for us, and paid the price due us, we can stand firm in knowing that Jesus stands in our place before the judgement throne declaring us guiltless.
What a Savior!
What a God!
My prayer for Clintwood Baptist Church this season is to remember what Christ has accomplished. He is the victor over sin and death, sacrificing all for us, shedding his blood for us.
How many Christians in Clintwood Baptist Church can say they have done that much?
In HIS Grip
Pastor Bryant Owens