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Aha Moments: At Once, At-One

Aha Moments: At Once, At-One

Hebrews 9:11-15

From now until Lent, we’re going to be looking at Epiphany as a season, with the them of A-ha moments: times when we’re faced with sudden clarity. Today, let’s look at how God brings us closer to Himself: the Atonement. {explain 40 step OT atonement ritual}

We Are At One With God:

Able: Christ is Able to meet our needs

  • Heb. 9:11 Christ’s priestly work NOT a part of creation (He wasn’t qualified by what He DID here)

Total: Christ completely paid for us

  • Heb. 9:12 Christ’s priestly work made possible by His own blood; completely fulfilled God’s requirement for all sin ETERNALLY

=> The OT Day of Atonement was a ritual which took 40 complex steps to enact, and had to be done yearly; still observed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in the fall.

Once: Christ’s one sacrifice for sin

  • Heb. 9:13/14 Christ’s priestly offering was done ONCE, cleanses INTERNALLY, and PERMANENTLY

NE (Anyone): Christ’s payment available to all

  • Heb. 9:15 Christ’s priestly offering was extended to all who are called > all who receive the Promise > all who have been set free from sins

 

Epiphany: Understanding the Directions

Epiphany: Understanding the Directions Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 2:1-12

In the old days, before the ever-present use of satellite technology, to find one’s way around the world took careful research and a good map.

Finding Our Way Like the Magi Means:

Seeking Sets Up Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:1-2

  • v1 magi=”oriental scientist”, observe/interpret world
  • v2 looked for meaning; acted on it: cf. James 1:5 (ask God for it)

Refining Required for Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:3-6

  • v3/4 disturbed; couldn’t be bothered to seek for himself
  • v5/6 wisdom IS available for those who bother to actually seek: cf. Job 28 compares gaining wisdom with the process of mining: hard work which requires refinement

Practicing the Process of Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:7-12

  • v7/8 Herod wants to subvert Magi’s seeking for his own agenda
  • v9 went ahead: another miraculous overlay – not JUST looking for wisdom through observation, but now depending upon God’s direct intervention
  • v10/12 response to direct intervention: joy, worship, fulfillment (they left differently).

This is still true: when we interact with God directly, we discover joy, enter into worship, and find fulfillment as God leads us in different directions.


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