X-Plank- Start in standard plank. Move your legs out laterally until your feet are planted wider than hip-width apart. If this feel tough enough, you can stay in this position or (try a Y plank, for more challenging)
You can add some extra upper body work by walking your hands out wider than shoulder-width apart, until you’re in a FULL X. ENJOY!!
Hebrews 4:14-16 One Great High Priest
Day 23 Advent
I love these verses… We have one high priest that lived here on earth and experienced a full range of temptations throughout his life as human being. We can be comforted knowing that Jesus faced temptations… he can sympathize with us. Jesus is the only person who faced these without giving in to sin. He shows us that we don’t have to sin when facing lure of temptation. He is the only one that has lead a perfect life. With his perfect record, He is still approachable. Vs 16 ” Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we my receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us! Thank you for sending us a High Priest that loves us unconditionally. Thank you for allowing us to approach you anywhere and anytime, not just at your temple. No washing or linen garments or sacrifices required, because the holy spirit is all we need. God transforms us in our space.. living room couches, local coffee shops, your workout space, your gym or in your car zipping along during rush hour. Each place 100% acceptable for us to meet with the Lord.
So today.. Lord, I ask that we each meet with you, share our hearts and listen to the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts to a new us! Transformed by the High Priest. Amen
Day 23 Hebrews 4:14-16 One Great High Priest (Jacey Verdicchio)
Thousands of years passed between Adam’s fateful sin and Jesus’ is joyous birth. As God’s people Israel lived and died and worked and had babies and ate, their primary connection with God was through a man just is prone to sin as they were.
That man would be there high priest, descending from the tribe God has designated for the priesthood. A priest’s role was to come before God on behalf of the people. He’d represent them, but he also represent himself as one of them, because he had need for atonement just like everyone else.
God gave elaborate instructions about how to atone for sins. There were specific types of offerings and preparations for different types of sins. Though I’m not an old testament scholar and not qualified to outline the details, I know from scripture that the process was much more involved than saying a certain prayer or making a confession.
The high priest alone could enter the most sacred, set apart place in the temple to meet with God and atone for the sins of the people. He couldn’t go anytime he wanted to, either-God gave clear direction about when and why the priest could enter His presence in this physical space that represented the Holiness of God.
And then Jesus came to be the last high priest, who still lives, the only one we’ll ever need. Unlike the generations of high priest before him who had to continually atone for sin, Jesus did it once and for all.
Jesus was the only one qualified to pay the price, because he is the only sinless man. Though guilt and shame and sometimes even pride may corner us into trying to pay our own way, he wants to hold your shoulders and tell you: it’s already done .
This Jesus, this perfect sacrifice? He gets that you’re broken. He bears it with you because he’s walked in your shoes. He’s felt deeply what it is to live a human life, to be betrayed and abused, misunderstood and rejected. He feels your pain and sees your failings and just like the high priest Before him, stands between you and the father and atones for your sins.
Oh, this one? She’s in. She’s covered in my blood, washed by the Spirit, and invited in the house.
And that holy, sacred, set apart space? It’s not a physical space anymore. It can be our living room couches, or the local coffee shop, or our cars zipping along during rush hour. Each of those places is 100% acceptable for us to meet with the Lord. No washing or linen garments or sacrifices required, because Holy Spirit is all we need.
The sacred holy place of God transforms from an often empty, formal space to a crowded living room, always open to newcomers,. His throne is approachable, abounding with Mercy and grace. By the blood of Jesus we have every right to approach with confidence, not as ashamed, lowly humans trying to pay her own way, but as ones who know the price paid for us, and therefore know our worth.