Third Week of Advent, Thursday, December 16, 2021
And because of this, we are made holy through the sacrifice Christ made in his body once and for all time.
Every day the priests stand and do their religious service, often offering the same sacrifices. Those sacrifices can never take away sins. But after Christ offered one sacrifice for sins, forever, Christ sat down at the right side of God. And now Christ waits there for his enemies to be put under his power. With one sacrifice Christ made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also tells us about this. First [the Spirit] says:
“This is the agreement I will make
with them at that time, says the Lord.
I will put my teachings in their hearts
and write them on their minds.” (Jeremiah 31:33)
Then [the Spirit] says:
“Their sins and the evil things they do—
I will not remember anymore.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
Now when these have been forgiven, there is no more need for a sacrifice for sins.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We enter your holy prayer space and feel relief that you have already prepared everything for us. You draw close to us and whisper softly, “remember to remember the teachings I have placed within you. Practice them and believe in the agreement I have made to forget your sins and evil ways.” We hear your voice and feel glad.
O Yahweh, we your beloved children, with joyful hearts, sing your praises. Thank you for making us holy through the sacrifice Jesus Christ made. How can we stop from singing when you do not remember our sins? You are so intimate with us that you put your teachings on our hearts and minds. Praise to You, O God of Love.
I hear your voice and feel your peace, O LORD, and thank you for…
Better is one day with you than thousands elsewhere, O LORD. You give us teachings for good living and relieve us of the need for self-sacrifice to please you. We love to hear your voice and discover you in new ways each day.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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