ROLL HIS WAY
Today is Ash Wednesday – we are blessed to know that Christ is with us Everyday. And we look to THAT DAY when Jesus will return again. That Day begins the end of the earth and heavens – making them roll away (blow away like ashes) – and the New Heavens ROLL in. Let us Roll His Way.
When the author of Hebrews (likely Paul) speaks of sacrifices, he reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice in Jesus. That Jesus came from Heaven and knew of the sacrifice before coming to earth. The sacrifices that the old testament priests made came about by human hands, made in their sanctuary by human hands. In Jesus, God provided the sacrifice once and for all.
Our Ash Wednesday reminds us of us being made of dust and to dust we return – and it could also remind us of those burnt sacrifices to bring forgiveness. How better for us to have eternal life than to be delivered by the One Sacrifice in Jesus. This is NOT made by human hands – this is a Sacrifice for Salvation that was and IS known – IS of the Lord Himself, the Perfect Lamb. Now we offer not a sacrifice of items but a sacrifice of our hearts to His service.
The ashes are but a shadow of the Good things yet to come – and we MUST be made back to ashes to lose ourselves and take on Christ-selves. We must return to ashes to accept the full glory of forever – and since we have Jesus, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Yes, He IS faithful – and as we are in our “in between ashes” stages, we must also be willing to go where He rolls us – may we always be willing to roll with Him.
Roll His Way.
from Hebrews 9-10
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. ……. Christ has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll – I have come to do your will, my God.’”
First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.