If angelic annunciations were such powerful moments of God’s intervention in history, how much more are the words of Jesus to you right now! The writer uses Psalm 8 to ground the argument so that we understand and rejoice in the accessibility that we have to Jesus. Christ has completely entered our history, even taking on death that he might deliver us from this last and final enemy to life and love. The triumph of Jesus in his suffering is the source of the victory that we have over all that would diminish us.
The first listeners to this letter needed to be reminded of the truths this letter teaches. Find yourself in similar need as you drink in these words of extraordinary truth about God and about you.
Who am I that You’re mindful? v. 6
Jesus tasting death for us v. 9
Salvation through sufferings v. 10
You atoning for our sins v. 17
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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