Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hungering for the Word

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 

Colossians 3:16

If I could wish one thing for you, it would be that you would have a love for the Word.  At the beginning of this third chapter in Colossians, Paul instructs us to set our minds on things above, not on the things of the earth.  The way to do that, is to have our minds filled with the Word.

In the body of Christ, our desire for each other should be for what Jesus laid hold of us - the molding and  transforming us into His image.  That was Paul's passion and for what he worked.  He wrote the Galatians, "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you."  That happens when we are in the Word, walking in obedience, surrendering our will more and more to the Father's will. 

If you don't have an appetite for the Word, how do you develop one?  The same way you do with any food.  You take a bite, and then another bite, and then another bite.  The psalmist wrote, "Oh taste and see, that the Lord is good."  If it's been awhile since you've picked up your Bible, don't go to bed tonight without doing so.  I'd like to suggest that you read John 14-17.  It won't take long.  These are Jesus words of comfort to His disciples just prior to His death.  There is much instruction there for us.  We also clearly see the heart of Jesus for us.  This passage is rich in learning about the character of the Father and the Son.  In chapter 17, Jesus actually prays for you and me.  Do you know what Jesus prays for you?  I'm not going to tell you, I want you to look for yourself.  

What we long for is an indication of the condition of our hearts.  We need His Word in us, to do battle with our sinful flesh.  We need His Word in us, so we know what pleases Him.  We need His Word in us, so we can encourage others.  We need His Word in us, especially as we draw closer to His return.  Perilous times are coming.  We need His Word in us, so we become more and more like Him.  When His Word is in us, dwelling richly, and we walk in obedience, Jesus is glorified, and that is what life is all about.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Jesus -

While we are in this flesh, this is a truth of which we need to be constantly reminded - 

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  
To Him be the glory forever.

Romans 11:36

Jesus is the answer to our -

deceitful hearts
chaotic world...

Jesus is the path to -

peace and joy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Just for Fun!

It's Christmasy at the Hall house...  :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Her Seed

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, 
and between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head, 
and you shall bruise him on the heel."

Genesis 3:15

JESUS' ENTRANCE INTO HUMANITY was planned from before the beginning of time.  God softened the punishment of the curse that resulted from the sin of Adam and Eve by offering a promise that someday a Seed would rise up and crush the serpent.  Even though death came through Adam, Christ's coming brought life to humankind (Romans 5:12-21).

The Hebrew word for seed can literally mean a plant's seed, or can figuratively mean one's descendants. In Genesis, it refers specifically to the coming Messiah, in God's promise that the woman's Seed would crush the serpent.  As such, the term takes on great importance in the Bible:  Through Abraham's seed, both collectively in Israel and singularly in Christ, God would reach out to save His people.

John MacArthur

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Magnify with Thanksgiving

"I will praise the name of God 
with song 
and magnify Him 
with thanksgiving."

Our God is infinite and infinitely good, giving us infinite opportunities for thanksgiving.  David wrote in Psalm 69:30 - "I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving."  The Lord is enlarged and intensified in significance as we pile on the thanksgiving!  Dear Blogging Friends, may your day be filled with ever enlarging and intensifying thanks, as your thoughts rest on the person, works, and character of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father who gave Him, so we could belong to Him. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Benefit and Blessing

"But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed...His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth...
Isaiah 53:5, 9

When we choose to sin, or not walk in God's ways, we choose to suffer - and our sin always causes others to suffer as well.

Our hearts should be broken by this truth.

Here is what I am awestruck with this morning.  Jesus never sinned.  His actions never, ever brought suffering to anyone.  His actions only brought benefit and blessing.  Oh, He called the Pharisees out on their sin, but as God His actions were always holy, righteous, and just.  How many people did He touch and heal from sickness and demonic oppression - benefit and blessing flowing out to them?  A woman only had to reach out and touch Jesus in faith, and she was healed - benefit and blessing flowing out to her.  He fed thousands upon thousands - benefit and blessing.  He kept His disciples from the evil one.  He prayed for them.  Benefit.  Blessing.  Jesus actions only brought benefit and blessing, His actions never brought suffering to anyone, yet He is the One who has undergone the most suffering of anyone, ever. 

Sin causes suffering and it was not because of His sin that Jesus suffered, it was because of our sin.

Jesus, the Innocent, was crushed for me, the guilty, for all the sins I have ever committed, and will commit - He took the piercing that I deserved for the suffering that my disobedience has caused others. Jesus, being obedient to the Father, stood in my place, and bore the wrath of God for all my sin and gave me His righteousness.  If you have trusted in Him as your Savior, He stood in your place too, and bore the wrath of God for all your sin and you also are clothed in His righteousness.

Is there something you are struggling with as far as obedience to our Heavenly Father?  As God's children we are called to walk by faith.  Faith is believing the Word of God and acting on it, no matter how we feel, because God promises a good result.  We don't always feel like doing what we are called to do.  This is when we need to remember the cross.  Remember the love of our Savior.   Remember His willingness to undergo the greatest suffering anyone has ever undergone, and He didn't deserve it.  You and I did.

Sin brings suffering.  Obedience always brings benefit and blessing.  Let's be Jesus to those around us today.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Isaiah 55:6,7

Seek the LORD while He may be found; 
Call upon Him while He is near. 
Let the wicked forsake his way 
And the unrighteous man his thoughts; 
And let him return to the LORD, 
And He will have compassion on him, 
And to our God, 
For He will abundantly pardon.

True seeking in faith is accompanied by repentance, which is described as forsaking ways and thoughts and turning from sinful living to the Lord.  A sinner must come believing in God, recognizing his sin and desiring forgiveness and deliverance from that sin.  At the same time he must recognize his own inability to be righteous or to satisfy God and cast himself on God's mercy. It is then that he receives complete pardon.  His sin has been covered by the substitution of the Messiah in his place.  

John MacArthur

This Wondrous Love - Conclusion

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us."
Ephesians 1:3-7

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma."
Ephesians 5:1,2

"For I am confident of this very thing, 
that He who began a good work in you 
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

" out your salvation with fear and trembling; 
for it is God who is at work in you, 
both to will and to work for His good pleasure."
Philippians 2:12b, 13

"Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.  Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.  Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you."
2 Peter 1:3-11

I need to go find my husband, throw my arms around his neck, and tell him I love him,
and thank you, for loving me as Jesus loves me.  

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This Wondrous Love - Chapter Four

A Story of God's Love and Grace -

My Hero

It's time to introduce you to the Hero of my story.  

My Hero is Jesus.  

Before Jesus spoke creation into being, the Father planned that I would be a gift to Jesus.  He recorded my name in His Lamb's Book of Life.  I would be included in those who the Father would bring to Jesus.  I would be part of the people of His own possession.  He included me in His redemption plan.  Jesus, the eternal God, shed His blood for my sins.  Jesus agreed to absorb the wrath of His Father - so I could be His and bear His righteousness.  He set His everlasting love upon me and determined from before creation, that I would forever belong to Him.     

Yes, Jesus is my Hero.  With His love and grace, He placed me in a home with a believing mother who, from the time I was born, took me to church every Sunday and prayed for me.  He gave me wonderful, believing grandparents who also prayed for me.  Jesus placed a Good News Club in the neighborhood in which I grew up, where, when I was nine years old, the Holy Spirit opened my heart and understanding to the gospel.  It was at this Good News Club that Jesus took me from the domain of darkness and placed me into His kingdom, and began His good work in me of transforming me into His likeness.  

As infinite as His glory, holiness, and worth, I was totally undeserving of His love, mercy, and grace.  

From the time Tim and I got together at his sister's wedding, until the day of our wedding, we'd only spent about thirty days together.  We'd pretty much carried on a long distance relationship over the phone.  I woke up that July 5th morning with a lot of doubts.  Did I really know Tim?  Did I really love him?  Now I was the one with cold feet.  I wanted to back out, but I didn't.  I was terribly homesick in those first months.  I started to sinfully live by my feelings.  It's a simple truth that transformation takes place as we look to Jesus and as we walk in obedience to His Word.  When we live according to our feelings and not the Word of God, transformation is halted and Jesus is not exalted in our lives.  I took my eyes off of Jesus, placed them on my feelings, and began to only see Tim's flaws.  Marriage is a picture of the relationship Jesus has with His church.  Tim loved me.  Tim put me first.  Tim was Jesus to me but I was not a picture of the church to Jesus.  I did not give him the honor and significance that a wife is called to give to her husband, like the church is called to give to her Savior.  Instead of glorifying my husband and serving his interests, I served my own interests.  I put on a good, hypocritical face at church and around my family, but at home I was mostly quiet and withdrawn from Tim.  With my eyes off of Jesus, I'd let many fears about being a wife take root in my heart.  I had become a hearer of the Word only in the area of my marriage.  Yet Tim continued to love me with forbearance, grace, and patience.  

Jesus loves His own possession with an everlasting love.  His love never stops.  He doesn't withdraw His love, even when we withhold ours to Him.  In reality, not loving Tim the way Jesus wanted me to love him was not loving Jesus.  Jesus was merciful to me.  In His lovingkindness and grace, Jesus brought about circumstances which set me on a path to obedience, joy, and blessing.  He introduced me to James MacDonald's faith definition -  Faith is believing the Word of God, and acting on it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result.  When I set my feelings aside and began to act on His Word, the blessings and joy began to cascade into my life...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This Wondrous Love - Chapter Three

A Story of God's Love and Grace - 


(The last paragraph from Chapter Two...   Then, out of the blue, Tim stood up.  He pulled a small, blue, velvet box from his pocket.  One of his knees dropped to the floor.  He looked up at me.  He smiled - and then I caught my breath as he asked me the question almost every girl dreams about being asked...)

"I love you, Kath, will you marry me?"

...I threw my arms around Tim's neck, "Yes!"

Tim took me out to a really nice dinner after that but before we went into the restaurant he said, "I need to make a phone call."  This was before cell phones, way before, so we found a pay phone and Tim dialed my home number.  My mom answered the phone and Tim asked for her permission and blessing to marry me.  My mother queried him with these three questions...

"Do you love her?"


"Do you love the Lord?"


"Will you love me?"


She really did ask those questions, in that order.  Tim really did answer, in that way, and his answers were all true, then, as they are now.

We had my mom's blessing.

It was Ground Hog's Day, February 2, 1980.  (It is just as romantic to get engaged on Ground Hog's Day as it is on Valentine's Day.)  Before I flew home to finish out the school year, we set the date for July 5th.  There were a little less than four more months of school left.  Four more torturous months.  Five months to plan a wedding.  I was still actually going to a couple of my classes.  One was a calligraphy class.  I never turned in my final project and was flabbergasted to learn I'd received a "C" in the class - it was totally undeserved.

I did not graduate.  I had attended Biola on a four year scholarship, based on my mom's income and a fairly decent high school GPA.  Biola required a year of Bible.  So technically, it takes five years to get through Biola, if you don't take interterm classes, summer classes, or heavy loads.  I was ready to be done with school, ready to be done with the pressure of homework, of lab-work,  and term papers.  I had no desire to have a career.  I wanted to be married, set up a home, and raise a family.  It's all I had ever really wanted.  Oh, there was a time when I thought it would be fun to be a park ranger.  My family grew up camping and I loved the outdoors.  And then I thought I wanted to be a nurse.  From a nurse it went to a PE Teacher.  From a PE Teacher it went to a Christian Camp Director.  They actually offered a degree in it at Biola.  The last classes I took were Education classes.  I'd finally settled on teaching, but the scholarship money was ending, and my enthusiasm for school was long gone.

Yes, I wanted to be married and I thought I understood what it meant to be a godly wife.  I would soon learn however, just how self-centered I was.

Here's where the story of God's love and grace unfolds...

Friday, November 11, 2011

This Wondrous Love - Chapter Two

A Story of God's Love and Grace - 

Sleepless Nights

(Last paragraph of Chapter One - Happy Anniversary, Sheryl and Skip!  It was evening by the time we got to the pier.  It was just natural to take Tim's arm as we walked.  We fell behind the rest of the group.  It was a cool evening, he gave me his coat, I was falling in love...)

...I'm sure I didn't get much sleep that night.

Tim was going to be at church the next day and then he would be flying home, back up to the Bay Area.  He needed a ride to the airport.  (He picked me.)  It was before 9/11 of course, when you could go all the way up to the gate and say good-bye.  We sat and talked, the clock ticking closer and closer to boarding time.  Tim waited until the last second, he drew me into his arms, kissed me sweetly, and then disappeared with a smile.

I loved his smile.

I know I didn't get much sleep that night.

The rest of November came and went.  I spent little time in class, except for my Bible classes.  (Yes, I was a rebel.)  I did go to the required chapels - I loved them.  I also worked my dorm maintenance job which I actually enjoyed.  My dorm room was at the end of a very long hall.  There were two phones in the hall to serve about one hundred girls.  My roommate was engaged.  She had a phone installed in our room.  Now half the calls coming in were to me.  Most of my earnings went to pay my phone bill.  Each toilet I scrubbed meant at least five minutes on the phone with Tim.  It was worth it!  There were letters.  I loved to write letters.  I would write each day, sending Tim puzzle pieces to my life, and after a few days I would put the compilation into an envelope and mail it off.  I learned Tim was not a letter writer.  A phone call was his thing but every once in awhile he would manage to get a letter off to me.  That he would take the time to write, a task he didn't really enjoy, told me how much he cared for me.

In December, just after Christmas, Tim flew me up to the Bay Area.  I stayed through New Years.  Tim owned his own home which he shared with a couple of roommates.  I stayed with his parents who lived just a couple of miles away.  Tim and Sheryl's parents were wonderful.  We hit it off from the start of my friendship with Sheryl. They loved me.  I loved them.  They were thrilled about my budding relationship with Tim.  Dad was a big tease and he loved to tease me and I loved it when he teased me.  Dad was also a kindred spirit in that he loved the Lord and His Word.  We had some great conversations regarding spiritual things.  

January was Tim's turn to make a quick flight down over a weekend.  He stayed with Sheryl and Skip.  We hung out at their house.  Tim and Sheryl and Skip came over and had dinner with my family at my house - I usually went home on the weekends.  All my siblings liked Tim.  Our families had just plain fun together.  There was much laughter.  Skip and Sheryl called my mom "Mother", just like her five children did.  Tim went to church with me on Sunday, and then it was back home again.  More letters and phone calls, and another huge phone bill.  (Tim's phone bill was just as big.  We switched back and forth.  I would call him and then the next night he would call me.  We talked for at least an hour each night, sometimes two.  I didn't have time for homework, so why go to class?)  The girls in the dormitories loved to pull pranks on each other.  One afternoon I pushed a toilet stall door open, getting ready to pay for another five minutes on the phone with Tim.  Half a male mannequin (from the waist up) was jutting out of the toilet.  I screamed.  Several girls came running into the bathroom.  We all had a good laugh.  I endured several practical jokes, but it was worth the time I got to spend with Tim on the phone.

I knew February would be my turn to fly up again.  I finagled it out of Sheryl that Tim had asked her about my ring size.  I just knew he was going to ask me to marry him!  When he picked me up at the airport he was unusually quiet.  He walked me up to his parent's apartment, didn't stay long, and went home.   The smile that I loved just wasn't there.  I knew something was up.  I definitely had trouble getting to sleep that night.  He picked me up the next morning.  We headed over the Santa Cruz mountains to Mt. Herman, a Christian Conference Center.  We were going to spend the day there.  His pastor owned a beautiful home in the area.  We had use of the fireplace for the afternoon.  The ride over was very quiet.  A knot lay in my stomach.  Before going to the home, we went for a walk in the woods.  I asked Tim what was wrong.  He hemmed and hawed, then finally told me he had planned to ask me to marry him, but he was getting cold feet.  He wasn't sure if I was the right girl for him.  I spent the next twenty minutes, talking non-stop (which was totally out of character for me!), declaring my love to him.  I told him I desired to be his wife, his helpmeet, and that I wanted to be married to him!  He seemed to relax and the smile returned.  

We went to the pastor's house - Tim lit a fire in the fireplace.  We talked.  We talked some more.  Then, out of the blue, Tim stood up.  He pulled a small blue, velvet box from his pocket.  One of his knees dropped to the floor.  He looked up at me.  He smiled - and then I caught my breath as he asked me the question almost every girl dreams about being asked...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This Wondrous Love - Chapter One

A Story of God's Love and Grace -

Happy Anniversary, Sheryl and Skip!

Thirty-two years ago today, on November 10, 1979, my dear college friend, Sheryl Hall, married Skip Ragan.  Now, you might notice that her maiden name is my last name.  It's because the night of Sheryl's wedding, I fell in love with her brother...

Tim and I were asked to take the wedding gifts to the home where Skip and Sheryl would be living after they returned from their honeymoon.  I had met Tim a year and a half earlier, over Biola's spring break, in 1978.  Sheryl and I became good friends in the early part of 1978.  I was in my second year at Biola.  She worked at Biola and was a part time student.  We were also in the college Sunday School class together at church.   Sheryl's family lived in the Bay Area, an eight hour drive north of Biola, and LA.  She was going to go see them over spring break and she invited me to tag along.  She had told me she had a brother but she didn't think I would be interested in him.  Tim and I met on that trip and I thought he was nice, but she was right, I wasn't interested.  Then, Tim came down in the late spring to visit Sheryl.  We saw each other again, but it was just a nice visit.  That summer I was going to be working at a camp.  Tim came down again for another visit and he and Sheryl drove up to the camp to visit me on one of my weekends off.  By this time we were friends but I still wasn't interested in dating.  I did get his address and sent him a post card while at camp - and then a letter, later in the summer, after camp, while I was on a road trip to Alaska with some of my family.

I began my third year at Biola in the fall of 1978.  Tim and I saw each other once or twice when he came down to visit Sheryl, but we just remained friends.  Sheryl became engaged in early 1979 and would be married in November.  That summer, I worked on campus in dorm maintenance and dated a guy that was on the work crew.  I took a week off and went on a trip up to the Bay Area with Sheryl.  We did some camping with her family.  Tim was there.  He took me out for a ride around the lake in his canoe, but it was just a fun time, nothing more.

The fall brought my fourth and final year at Biola.  I had lived at home the first three years but decided to live on campus, even though it was just twelve miles from home.  I wanted more independence and the experience of campus life.  Truth be told, I was tired of school at this point.  I had never settled down into one major.  I changed my major six times!  All I really wanted to do was get married and have a family.  I skipped a lot of my classes right from the start of the year.  I did love my Bible classes however, and made it to most of them, but the rest - attendance was sporadic to nil and I spent very little time studying.

Sheryl's wedding was coming up just a few months into the school year.  I knew Tim was going to be a groomsman in the wedding and I was somewhat excited about seeing him.  I thought it would be fun if we could be paired up together.  It didn't work out, but we did end up taking all the gifts to the house.  For fun, the wedding party decided to go to the Seal Beach pier after the reception.  We would meet up with them after we dropped the gifts off.  We had a really good time together and did a lot of talking as we drove to the house and piled all the gifts up in the corner of the living room and then drove the half hour to the pier.

It was evening by the time we got to the pier.  It was just natural to take Tim's arm as we walked.  We fell behind the rest of the group.  It was a cool evening, he gave me his coat, I was falling in love...

Monday, November 7, 2011


Grace is a single-word definition of the gospel.  The gospel is the good news of God's grace to sinful mankind.  The nature of grace is giving, and the Bible tells us much more about giving than getting, because God's nature is to give.  God is a God of grace because He is a God who freely gives.  It has nothing to do with anything we have done or have failed to do; it can only be received.

God is gracious because of who He is, not because of who and what we are.  His grace is therefore unmerited, unearned, undeserved.  It depends on entirely the One who gives it, and not on those who receive it.  Grace is God's self-motivated, self-generated, sovereign act of giving.

God's grace has another dimension that places it still further above every other kind of giving.  The greatest gift of grace is self.  Grace is therefore God's Self donation, His Self giving.  He not only gives blessings to men, He gives Himself.  The incomprehensible and staggering truth of the gospel is that the holy God of the universe has given Himself to sinful mankind.  God grants us His salvation, His kingdom, His inheritance, His Spirit, His wisdom, His love, His power, His peace, His glory, and every other spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  But far more than all of those blessings, He blesses us with His personal presence.  God owes nothing to sinful man except judgment for our sin.  He does not owe men the smallest blessing or favor.  Yet in His grace He has given us the blessing of all blessings, the immeasurable blessing of intimate shared life.  

John MacArthur

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Consummation of the Ages

"But now once at the consummation of the ages 
He has been manifested to put away sin 
by the sacrifice of Himself."

Hebrews 9:26b

The consummation of the ages is Christ at calvary.  He was the consummation of the ages because of His once and for all sacrifice.  

He put away sin.  

He did not simply cover sin, as the old sacrifices had done; He removed it.

John MacArthur

Christ did this great work "ONCE" - not repeatedly, but once and once only. And the point is that this sacrifice is so great, that it need not be repeated - not for all the redeemed in the past from the foundation of the world, nor for all the redeemed in the future. 

It is enough. 

That's how great it is. 

The death of Jesus will never do a rerun, because it is so great that it cannot be improved on.  It's effect is so huge that it goes on year after year, century after century doing what it was designed to do, save sinners and present them faultless to God.

John Piper

"So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him."

Hebrews 9:28

The people always waited expectantly on the Day of Atonement for the high priest to come out from the Holy of Holies.  If he did anything wrong, if he failed to follow God's precise instructions, he would die.  So there was always a sigh of relief, for their own sakes as well as for his, when he reappeared.  If the people were so eager to see the former high priests reappear from the earthly Holy of Holies, how much more should believers look eagerly for their great High Priest to reappear from the heavenly Holy of Holies?  When the high priest walked out of the old sanctuary, the people knew that his sacrifice had been accepted.  He had done everything right.  Jesus Christ's reappearing will be one more confirmation that He did everything right, that His Father is satisfied with Him.  And because the Father is satisfied with Him, He is satisfied with us, for we are in Him.

John MacArthur

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thank You, Jesus

Precious - "Of high price or great value, very valuable or costly - cherished, dear, beloved."

Hebrews 10:1 "For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 
2: Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?
3: But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year.
4: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5: Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, 
          BUT A BODY YOU HAVE 
          PREPARED FOR ME;

          6: IN WHOLE BURNT
          OFFERINGS AND sacrifices
          NO PLEASURE.

          7: "THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I
          HAVE COME
          (IN THE SCROLL OF THE 
          TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD. ' "

8: After saying above,
AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE 
TAKEN PLEASURE in them" (which
are offered according to the Law),

9: then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE
takes away the first in order to 
establish the second.

10: By this will we have been 
sanctified through the offering of 
the body of Jesus Christ 
once for all.

11: Every priest stands daily
ministering and offering time after
time the same sacrifices, which 
can never take away sins;

12: but He, having offered one
sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT

13: waiting from that time onward

14: For by one offering He has 
perfected for all time those who
are sanctified."

John 1:17 "For the Law was given through
Moses; grace and truth were 
realized through Jesus Christ."

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten 
Son, that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish, but have eternal life."

John 17:3  "This is eternal life, that they 
may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."

Thank You, Jesus, for Your precious blood.  We could never keep the Law to make us perfect.  The Law only magnifies our sin.  The Law points us to You.  Thank You, Jesus, for the cross.  Your love for us and the Father led You there.  There was no need for the nails because Your love for us kept You there, until our sins were paid for.  You, perfected us, for all time.

Thank You.