Friday, December 18, 2015


Today’s Reading: Hebrews 5-6

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This manger scene is not much different today than it was 2,000 years ago at the birth of Jesus. Bethlehem shepherds had the contract to provide lambs for sacrifice, which the priests in the Temple at Jerusalem (5 miles north of Bethlehem) would sacrifice on the altars. Once a year, the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies with a bowl of the blood of a Bethlehem-born sacrificial lamb, offering the blood for atonement for the sins of the people. Jesus, born in Bethlehem, is our sacrificial Lamb. John the Baptist said of Jesus, as recorded in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

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Key Verses: Hebrews 5:4-6

And no man takes this honour to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son. Today I have begotten You” [Psalm 2:7], and in another place, “You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” [Psalm 119:4].


Just imagine, we are let in on a conversation between God the Father and God the Son, which took place in eternity past. Wow!!!

In today’s reading, the words “according to the order of Melchizedek” are repeated twice. The name of this King of Salem (Jerusalem) and this Priest of God, literally means, “King,” “Priest” (read Genesis 14:17-20). This King-Priest offered bread and wine to Abraham and to those with him. This may have been the first eucharist or communion service. Tomorrow’s reading also features Melchizedek. We might want to read ahead in Hebrews 7. Reading these Scriptures at least twice is an excellent practice.

The other twice-repeated word for today is “immutability” and “immutable” (6:17-18). This means “impossible to change”! The promises of God are totally reliable because they are grounded on the very bedrock of His Divine Nature. If it were possible for God to lie, He would no longer be God. Absolute TRUTH is an essential quality of His character. Every evidence that is necessary to confirm the eternal Priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ has been provided. Our Bethlehem-born Lamb of God has offered His own Body and Blood in the very presence of God in Heaven. His sacrifice for sin has been accepted by God on our behalf. What assurance!!!


Thank You, Jesus, that You are my Priest. You have presented Your own Body and Blood to God as the eternal, once for all, Sacrifice for my sin. You represent me before the throne of God in Heaven. Back here on Earth, I pray for grace to present myself to You daily in full assurance of the Salvation You have provided. Thank You that You’ve given me permission to use Your Name for entrance into “The Holy of Holies” as I pray. Amen!!!


I had the opportunity to answer a question from Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany. He asked me, “Can a person know here in this life that they are going to Heaven?” I quoted Hebrews 6:18 to him…”It is impossible for God to lie,” and then I proceeded to give Him several of God’s promises about eternal life. You can read a fuller account of this God appointment in my book, This Far By Faith, pages 64-66. I’ve given copies of this book to people who lack assurance of their Salvation and pointed them to the Chancellor’s story. Extra copies could be made available. Here’s how to order my latest book.

Yours for a most “Merry Christmas.” “A merry heart does good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).


P.S. A series of five Christmas specials that I recorded in 2013 are being replayed on YES TV next week (December 21-25). They will air in Ontario at 10:30 pm from Monday to Thursday and then Friday at 11:30 pm. On the Alberta stations, they will air each day at 6:30 am. For where you can find YES TV across Canada, click HERE. You can also download the YES TV app for free and watch the station live on your smart phone. You can find the apps on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

4 thoughts on “Friday, December 18, 2015

  1. FYI – I tried to set up my PVR recording of your five 2013 Christmas series on YESTV next week but I only saw a comedy show advertised at 10:30 pm by Rogers in Kitchener?

    PS Loved your book “This Far by Faith” and your anecdotes.

  2. What a special photo of the “Manger” and the sheep…thank you Reynold!!!

    Reading Hebrews is special for me and affirms the study our Home Bible Group held a year ago. It is so great to refresh these truths and affirmations God made to His Son and what Jesus has done for us as The High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek”.
    YES “Imagine we are let in on a conversation between God the Father and God the Son, that took place in the eternity past” HOW AWESOME, and Yes, WOW!!
    Thank you Jesus for opening the way to The Father, giving us freedom
    Heb 4:16 “…to come boldly into the Throne of Grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” What a privilege!!!! and Honour. Amen!!!

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