We have a Great High Priest

Based on:  Hebrews 4:14-16

Does the name F. Lee Bailey sound familiar? He was one of the lawyers hired by O.J. Simpson.  Why did O.J. Simpson hire him? He is simply one of the best defense attorneys in the country.  How about Leslie Abramson? She is another defense attorney.  One of her clients even said,  “Leslie was so good.  For a while there she even had me believing I didn’t do it.”  Percy Foreman is another famous defense attorney.  Out of almost a thousand accused murderers that he defended, less than 100 were convicted.  One of the few cases he lost was that of James Earl Ray who plead guilty to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Part of the Family

Based On: Hebrews 2:10-18

I just happened to see part of a TV show where family members were brought back together.  For example, in the episode I saw a man and his wife were looking for the girl they had given up for adoption more than twenty years ago.  They were young and unmarried at the time and believed that letting someone else raise their daughter would be best.  Since then they had married and had other children and were raising their family, but they always wondered what happened to their first child.  They tried to find her, but couldn’t.  Then this TV show came along, found their daughter and reunited them.  

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Jesus Became One of Us

Based On: Hebrews 2:10-18

Have you ever considered how utterly preposterous the Christian religion is?  I’m not saying that I don’t believe it.  By the grace of God I certainly do believe it, but when you look at the fundamental truth of Christianity, that the creator became one of his creation to save those he created, it is absurd to our human way of thinking.  No other religion has anything like it.  Of course there are Greek myths that talk about the gods only appearing to be human, but usually not for the benefit of human beings. 

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Look Into the Manger

Based On: Hebrews 9:1-9

Have you had a chance to look into the manger?  I don’t mean the manger in our chancel.  I’m talking about the manger in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.  In a figurative way have you looked into that manger this Christmas season and considered who it is you see there?

There in that feeding trough you see a baby – a small, fragile, weak infant who needs someone else to take care of him.  Just like any other baby he doesn’t look like a threat to anyone.  In fact, have you ever come across a baby who you thought might hurt you?  No, I didn’t think so.  Perhaps that is why this world is much more willing to celebrate Christmas than Easter.  Jesus as a little baby is not very threatening to anyone, but a Jesus who dies and comes back to life is someone with power – someone you better pay attention to.

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