Hebrews 12

(1-13) Not only did Jesus suffer and endure, He even experienced joy in the midst of His suffering because He knew it was for a purpose! We need to be like Him. The crowd of the faithful is watching us. Will we endure? Will we persevere? Will we experience joy in the midst of suffering? Even divine discipline has a purpose in our lives. God disciplines us because He is our Father and He wants to be righteous and produce peace in our lives. The quotes from Isaiah 35:3 and Proverbs 4:26-27 remind us that discipline helps to train, strengthen, and guide us.

(14-29) We are warned to continue in our faith journey and pursue peace, holiness, graciousness, morality, and godliness. What could happen if we don’t? Well, the old covenant is given as an example. When the law was given on the mountain the Israelites shuddered in fear. It was amazing. It was awe inspiring. It was scary! Well, the new covenant is even greater than the old:

“But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”

How should we respond in this new covenant?

“So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”

Sometimes we lose the awesomeness of God in this day and age. Don’t do it!

For worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBnzAepXOE8

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