November 7

Today's Bible Reading
      II Kings 20
      Hebrews 2
      Hosea 13
      Psalms 137-138
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people."  (Hebrews 2: 17)
 
HE BECAME ONE OF US
It is possible for us to be reconciled through Jesus because He understands our nature from His own human experience. Someone has said that God became man so that man could become like God. That's a good way to describe the incarnation and the salvation we enjoy. The Lord did not take on angelic nature, but a human nature.  He became a member of a human family; specifically, a Hebrew family. 
A very popular Christian counselor and speaker influenced the lives of thousands of people with his teachings directed toward parents and pastors. He also had a lot of advice for husbands and wives about marriage. My wife never had much confidence in him, however, since he was never married, had no children, and he had never pastored a church. She felt that he needed to experience all of that in order to be able to give counsel to the rest of us. This man later had a serious moral failure which tragically impacted his followers. Jesus experienced everything about human nature so that He could relate to us fully. The Bible tells us He was tempted in every way that we are tempted.
Moreover, He understands our need,and understands it in an explicit way. Our memory verse let us know that this was a part of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus has been made like His brethren so that He could be to us all that we need. We need someone to intercede for us compassionately- He is merciful. We need someone to intercede for us continuously - He is faithful. He can take care of our needs in God's presence.
So whatever your need today,our Lord understands it and feels what we feel. This makes Him the perfect High Priest to stand in the gap for each of us today. But He also went all the way in becoming the propitiation for our sins. This is the Greek word hilasmos. This word is only used twice in the New Testament, but it is a powerful expression of what God did for us in redemption. We are the ones who deserve to die on the Crossand to suffer the agonies of the crucifixion, and yet God the Father took the instrument of judgment to His own Son rather than to us. Jesus suffered because our sins were placed upon Him at Calvary. That is the meaning of propitiation. What a blessing today to know that we have a Savior who loved us that much and, even now, intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest.
As man, the Lord Jesus in His sovereignty, His suffering, and His sympathy meets all the needs of men. As the Son of God, He might seem remote and unapproachable but, as the Son of Man, He is the nearest of kin to all mankind. Much is made of this in this epistle, but it is important that we know that for all His superiority, He is near and approachable -just the kind of Savior we need.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            As you continue to pray for medical missions, pray for the opening of doors to the Gospel.  In many lands, this is one of the few means for entry and witness; for example,in China, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Bhutan. Pray that the witness of the medical missionaries may lead to conversions and the planting of viable churches. We need to also pray for the supply of funds and personnel for these extremely strategic ministries.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Never have a meeting you cannot invite Christ to."
Charles Spurgeon