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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 5, 2011 - His Holiness, Our Holiness

By Patrick J. Donadio

“For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself” (Hebrews 7:26,27, NASB).

We have a description of Jesus Christ that has never been, nor can ever be, given to any other person who walked on earth. He is proclaimed to be holy, but in a greater sense than any other person could be called holy. His holiness was not only sinlessness, but also the presence of all good.

To be holy in every thought, to never fail in obligation to others, to never transgress the law of God, to never “come short” and always to love with an unfailing love. This is a holiness that exceeds our powers of comprehension. Someone said Jesus was human nature as God intended it to be. It is written that He is “One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Remember Jesus in the Garden when He looked into that terrible cup of suffering and at the very thought of the ordeal “His sweat became like drops of blood,” yet He said, “Not My will, but Thine be done” (Luke 22:41-44).

Any one of us would falter and fail under conditions as unbelievable as these! But Jesus did not fail, for He was and is the perfect, holy sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Isaiah the prophet described this terrible ordeal and the reason for it, saying, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6, KJV).

Because of the willing sacrifice of our sinless, holy high priest, we of whom it is written, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) became the beneficiaries of His suffering. A transfer is made! A double transfer is made! Our sin has been transferred to Jesus (Isaiah 53:6) and His righteousness has been transferred to us (Philippians 3:9)!

— Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio serves the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.

 

 

 

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