HeBrews: A Better Blend – What’s So Great About Jesus – Part 2

HeBrews: A Better Blend

Last Monday in our study of the book of Hebrews entitled HeBrews: A Better Blend, we considered five verses in Hebrews chapter 2 that spoke of The Great Exchange. Jesus giving His life to pay the penalty/fine/debt you and I owed for our disobedience. In return, we are given the holiness and right standing before God that He had before dying on the cross and now has since His resurrection and ascension into heaven.

Allow me to show you this using a few verses, mostly from outside of Hebrews. I’m going to ask you to fill in the blanks of these verses, so grab your Bible (NIV) and let’s get started.

  • Psalm 139:1–2: “O Lord, you have searched me and ___________________   ___________________________   ______________________.”  God knows you inside and out—completely.
  • Romans 3:23: “For ___________________ have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  All means you. All means me. None of us measure up to the perfection of God. No one. Our rebellion and disobedience to God’s commands is sin.
  • Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is ________________________, but the ____________________ of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Rebellion and disobedience have consequences, and the consequences according to God are death—separation from God forever and ever.
  • Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own ______________________ for ______________ in this; while we were ________________________ sinners, Christ died for us.”  God loved you and me so much that He didn’t want us to be separated from Him forever. Since our rebellion required a payment by death, God sent Jesus to die on the cross in your place, paying the fine that you owed for your rebellion and disobedience. He did this long before you ever realized you needed Him to be the boss, the king, and the ruler of your life.
  • Romans 10:9: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and _________________________ in your ____________________ that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Jesus did the hard work. He died a horrible death on a cross to pay the fine you and I owed for our rebellion and disobedience. Each of us must ask Him to forgive our rebellion and disobedience and allow His death to pay the penalty for our sin.
  • Romans 10:13: “For ____________________________ who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Anyone who sincerely and honestly asks Jesus to come into their heart and be their best friend will find that He is faithful to do that.
  • Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore He is able to save __________________________ those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to ______________________ for them.”  Once you ask Jesus to come into your heart and live, He will not only enable you to live a godly life; He will also go to God on your behalf, seeking His best for your life.

Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your heart and be your very best friend and the companion who never leaves you?  If not, today can be the day!  Right now, as you sit before Him, perhaps you recognize that you have never taken the first step of asking Him to come into your heart and change your life. If you would like to do that, I encourage you to pray this prayer or something similar:

“Dear Jesus, I realize You died on the cross to pay the fine for my sin. I know You rose from the grave to give me life forever with You in heaven and You in my heart right here on earth. Please forgive me for my rebellion and disobedience. I ask You to come into my heart and be my forever-friend. Help me to live in a way that is pleasing to You. Thank you, Jesus, for never giving up on me. I love You. Amen.

Dear friend, if you prayed that prayer and made those words your very own, Jesus now lives in your heart. You never have to ask Him to come into your heart again because He will never, ever leave you. Having Jesus in your heart does not mean life will always be easy. It does mean that He will be with you to guide you and help you through whatever God allows in your life.

MEDITATION MOMENT: Share with us about your salvation experience. Include what brought you to the realization you needed Jesus in your life. Who was influential in helping you get to that point? Do you remember where you were and what date this occurred on? Did someone lead you in prayer or were you alone? How did you feel at that time? Write as much or as little as you like.

  • Shellie

    On Feb. 4th, 1998, at a Bible study in Hiawassee, Ga, Jesus called out my name.  2 weeks prior to that life changing day, I was hit head-on in a terrible car accident.  During the accident as everything went into slow motion, the only name I knew to call upon for help was Jesus.  As the truck I was driving began to spin out of control, I felt an overwhelming presence surround me.  My truck was engulfed me in a cocoon of crumpled metal and broken glass.  My husband had tools behind the seat that had flown through the windshield and landed on the pavement outside.  The first person who reached me was a spirit-filled man who worked at the service station just across the street.  He heard me crying out to Jesus for His help and placed his hands through the tiny back window to steady my neck.  I will never forget his words as he said, “Jesus has heard you, honey. And everything’s going to be fine.  My injuries were not as critical as it seemed.  My knee was shattered, but other than that only a few scrapes and bruises.  Two weeks later, a friend and co-worker offered to drive me to a Bible study that she had been attending.  I was very excited about going. I knew that without Jesus I would have died that day.  But after a couple weeks of Bible study, I realized that if I had died that day… I wouldn’t have gone to Heaven.  I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus.  I had never asked Him to forgive me for my sins and live in my heart.  On Feb. 4th, 1998, Jesus showed me His love.  He called my name.   And I literally answered “Here am I Lord!”  I will forever be grateful that Jesus spared me that day, and even called to me later, but I am also so thankful that He continues to HOLD me when I face tragedy, comfort me when I feel alone, and gives me Joy  and the Garment of Praise for my sorrows.  I’m thankful that I can rejoice with Him in times of victory, laugh with Him in times of Joy, and see the true beauty of His love. 

    • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

      Shellie,
       
      What a dramatic testimony of the Lord’s work in your heart and life. THANK YOU so much for sharing it!! So thankful you are my sister in Christ!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/whitestonepa Jerry and Kathie Thompson

    November 18, 1975 about 9:00 PM in the office of a Pastor who is now with JESUS is when and where I first believed that JESUS’ blood was enough to cleanse even me. I was 23, had been a church member since 9 but had many doubts; so many doubts that I did not believe I could really KNOW I was saved. I fluctuated between knowing I was not good enough for Heaven but thinking I was not bad enough for hell to thinking I was so bad I could not be saved, that I had gone too    far to be saved; so bad I could not believe. I was a mess for a good little church member doing good deeds.  I kept the appointment with my Pastor although I did not expect to leave there any differently than when I arrived. He prayed, we talked, I cried and spilled my story; he read Scripture and the HOLY SPIRIT made the WORD alive. Finally after two hours of  re-birthing labor I was born again. The HOLY SPIRIT turned the light on for me and I finally believed that JESUS Blood, His sacrifice was enough to save ME. I finally agreed with GOD that yes I was a hell deserving sinner, that God would be perfectly just to let me go there at death BUT that HE did not want me to go there; that JESUS was enough.  I took a deep breath, the weight of sin lifted and I said, “Thank You” and JESUS said, “You’re welcome.” It is still the sweetest more wonderful moment of my life. It’s that anchor moment that I know that I know that I know I am His and He is mine. I have not been faithful every day since then, BUT HE HAS.  And today it’s about giving Him what I am, what I am not and trusting Him to do well with it. 

    Thanks, Leah.  It’s good to write it out again today.  Love to you,

    • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

      Kathie,
       
      What a blessing this is to read! Praise God for His blessing of salvation and a fresh start for all who will ask for it. Thank you for sharing this!!

  • granjan

    Leah -You are one amazing woman and great Bible teacher! I’m not sure you know this – but Hebrews is my favorite book of the Bible.  I wrote my salvation testimony out on my blog http://granjansjoy.blogspot.com/2009/07/heaven-came-down-on-july-7-1985_07.html and rejoice in that glorious day 7-7-1985 when I trusted Christ as Savior. I was a lost pastor’s wife working my way to heaven before then, busy “doing good.” So thankful for His shed blood – His atoning death in my place. I’m leading Duty or Delight right now – so wish I’d had that book 30 years ago. I’m very thankful for you! Blessings to you sweet woman!

    • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

      YOU SWEET WOMAN!!! No I had no idea Hebrews was your favorite book. God just immersed me in the book a couple of years ago and I had no idea what in the world I’d ever do with all that studying. Then, after I wrote the Legacy study it was a no-brainer for the next Bible study to be Hebrews. After all without faith in Christ, we can’t leave a godly legacy. My plan is to write my 3rd Bible study on character and then the 4th on holiness….should Jesus choose to leave me here on planet earth that long.
       
      I love your testimony. So honest, so transparent. You are just my hero, er, um, heroine!! I want to be like you when I grow up, but I’ve got such a long way to go. Thanks for your awesome comment. Love you dearly.