Today’s devotion is based on Hebrews 3:1, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”
Today’s verse from Hebrews urges us to fix our thoughts on Jesus and acknowledge Jesus as our apostle and high priest. The word apostle comes from a Greek word meaning ‘a person sent out.’ This perfectly describes the ministry of Jesus in this world. He came with a message of good news, a message of salvation for all people, which is certainly something we can meditate on as we fix our thoughts on Jesus.
One part of the role of the high priest was to offer sacrifices to God. Jesus offered the ultimate sacrifice: himself. During the Lenten season, this sacrifice is uppermost in our minds. We know that through this sacrifice, we are offered grace, mercy, and forgiveness. So, we can lift our eyes to Jesus, the apostle, the high priest, and the sacrifice.
Jesus, we ask you to help us to fix our thoughts on you so we may understand your sacrifice and what it means for us. Help us also to understand the enormity of your grace and mercy that we do not deserve, but you offer to us anyway. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.