Week of December 31

Jesus Christ is the continental divide of history.  The continental divide is that peak of geography that separates rivers that flow one direction from another direction.  For example, there is a divide in Ohio that separates rivers that flow to Lake Erie from rivers that flow to the Ohio River.  Where one stands in relationship with Jesus Christ shapes our history, just as it has shaped world history.  Here are some passages that teach us about the importance of Jesus.


Come to my heart, Lord Jesus, and reign in my life.  Amen.

Monday – Romans 5:1-11

Paul is introducing himself to the church in Rome with the most complete description of what he believed.  In this passage, how does God accomplish peace for us?  What role did Jesus play in accomplishing this peace?  What relationship do we have with God because of Jesus?

Tuesday – Hebrews 4:14-16

The writer of Hebrews is writing to an audience that was likely familiar with Old Testament Jewish faith.  The High Priest was the one who represented the people before God.  What role does Jesus play?  What is unique about Jesus that makes him a special High Priest?  What privilege does Jesus provide for us? 


Wednesday – 1 John 1:5-2:2

Our sins block our relationship with God.  We live our lives in a dark confusion about truth and reality.  But God has an alternative.  God offers forgiveness.  What role does Jesus play in providing us the option of forgiveness?  What do we need to do to receive forgiveness?  What does it mean for us to walk in the light?

Thursday – Ephesians 2:11-22

Paul was writing to Gentiles, non-Jewish converts to the Christian faith.  Prior to this, they were excluded from the privilege of covenant with God, but now something has changed all of that.  What?  Who?  What did he do?  How does this bring the good news of peace to the world?  How does it change life for us today?

Friday – Philippians 2:1-11

Paul likely wrote this letter from prison.  He has not lost hope or faith.  He is more convinced than ever.  Jesus Christ not only serves as an intermediary or an advocate before God.  He is also the example of what it means to be fully human – redeemed and restored.  If our attitude is more like Jesus, what would it be?  How would this shape our lives today?

Saturday – Colossians 1:15-20

Jesus is not just one guy who seemed to put it together better than all the rest of us.  He is unique.  What does this passage reveal to us about Jesus that makes him different?  Why is the cross important to us today?  Where would we be without the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus today?