Sixth Sunday after Trinity MP 19 July 2020 A.D.

Sixth Sunday after Trinity          19 July 2020 A.D.                       Morning Prayer

Psalm 57       First lesson. Exodus 24:1-11,16 - 18        Second lesson. Hebrews.  9:18 - 28

                          
                           O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good
                          things as pass man's under standing; Pour into our hearts such
                          love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain
                          thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ                              our Lord.                                                                         Amen.


 The central theme of the meal we call Holy Communion* is the once and for all sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  The shedding of blood is what makes this sacrifice complete: “this is my body, which was broken for you, this is the blood of the New Testament”.  
The Old Testament repeatedly points to the coming of Christ in so many ways, especially pertaining to the ultimate sacrifice.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
 This foreshadowing was repeated numerous times through out the Old Testament.  When God was teaching Moses what ceremonies and rituals to use to illustrate the vision of the coming Christ, he comes back to the central theme: It is blood and the shedding of blood to cover sin.   
  I think that this is probably one of the most intensely hated aspects of our faith, especially by those who have abandoned the faith, than almost any other theme other than the personhood of Christ himself.
  Look at verses 15 & 16  in this passage from Hebrews 9.  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 
 The author of Hebrews is explaining the very basic legal aspect of a will.  In order for it to be in effect, the one who made the will must be dead.   Much to the chagrin of our post modern theology, some one had to die in order to save us.  Of course that someone is none other than Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the perfect once and for all sacrifice for sin.
  All throughout the Old Testament time up to and including Christ three and a half year ministry on Earth; this foreshadowing of his perfect work was displayed out again and again at the Temple in Jerusalem and in the Tabernacle before the temple was built.     For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
 Here is another mistake made by the feel good religious crowd. 
 It is called Universalism. 
 All people, no matter what they do or how they live, will be saved. 
 The scripture does not say that. 
  Let’s see what the rest of this passage says.  “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”  
 Why would they be waiting for him ?    Because they had already accepted him as their savior.  His shed blood covers their sin, his once and for all sacrifice covers the sins of those who accept his sacrifice.
The author of the letter to the Hebrews was well aware of the legal aspects of Jewish life.  He will time and again make reference to wills, covenants, promises, sanctification, and other terms that deal with eternal matters and mankind.  
   One definite point made through out the letter is the aspect that your eternal destination must be secured before you check out for the final time.   This aspect is clearly pointed out in chapter nine.    The sacrifice, a once offered and once given, must be accepted as a substitute for all the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament or Old Covenant.     And as we read in the last three verses of Chapter nine, the finality of our time is expressed by the coming judgement upon us after we die.      No second chances, no stopping off to cleanse our souls before we go on to heaven or hell, but a final judgement.  In other words, no purgatory.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ( takes away the reincarnation option of several major world religions) 
  Now is the time of your salvation.   Now is the time you must be right with your Creator, now is the time to accept the perfect gift and perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.   We are not guaranteed tomorrow or for that matter even tonight.   Now is the time of your salvation.    Ask the Holy Spirit to illumine your soul to your need for Christ.

 Let us pray
 O SAVIOR of the world, who by thy Cross and precious Blood hath redeemed us, Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

THE Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other name under heaven given to man, in whom and through whom thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.                  Amen.

O LORD Jesus Christ, who wentest about doing good and healing all manner of sickness; Give power, wisdom, and gentleness to all thy ministering servants, our physicians, surgeons, and nurses; that, always bearing thy presence with them, they may not only heal but bless, and shine as lamps of hope in the darkest hours of distress and fear; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, the strength of sufferers; let the prayers of those that cry out of any tribulation come unto thee; that all may rejoice to find that thy mercy is present with them in their afflictions; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.