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6th Week of Lent

The Lord Jesus Christ,
our crucified Saviour and Great High Priest

Reading:-   Hebrews 10:19-22

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

If we are “in Christ” - believing and trusting in Him and what He has done for us – then we have access to our Heavenly Father. The way to the throne of grace is open. “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus” Hebrews 10 verse 19.
There are then, two important questions to be asked this Easter!

Firstly from Matthew's Gospel chapter 21 verse 10. The account of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. “And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying 'Who is this?'”.

The answer given by the people was “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” His disciples went further. They were shouting “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19 verse 38)
We need to go further again! This is Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of the Most High God, our Saviour and Lord, come to suffer and die for His people.

The second question that needs to be asked is:- “Are you 'in Christ'?”

St. Paul says “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5 verse 17.) This new creation comes when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

Familiar words from John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

This Holy Week, as our thoughts follow Jesus into Jerusalem; into the Upper Room with His disciples; into the Garden of Gethsemane; through His trial and on to Calvary. Let us give thanks once again for the provision of God the Father for the redemption of the world. For our Great High Priest who gave up His life that we might have eternal life. For a place prepared for us in heaven where Jesus Himself has gone before and where he continually pleads with God the Father on our behalf.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine;
Alive in him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th' eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th' eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Charles Wesley 1707 - 1788
The whole hymn is worth reading here


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