Daily Topic for August 02, 2011
High priests described in the Old Testament had to periodically offer gifts and sacrifices for the sins of the people, but Jesus offered Himself once for all. Now at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (v. 1), He serves in the sanctuary set up by the Lord, not by man. Furthermore, the apostle Paul noted that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and made us competent as ministers of the new covenant. We can proclaim Christ to the world’s peoples with the knowledge that His promises are sure and His covenant secure.
Thank Jesus for His wonderful promises and covenant. Pray that He will find us faithful as ministers of this covenant.
“We may not agree with what Dr. Jones is saying, but we can certainly all try to be like Jesus Christ.” Thus said an Indian leader before E. Stanley Jones spoke before a crowd in urban India. He took the message of Christ to India’s major cities at evangelistic crusades and universities. He initiated “round table conferences” where people from different religious persuasions gathered to give their testimonies of how their religious experiences had changed their lives. Some came to refute the gospel or to explain why their religion was the best, but others came to accept Christ’s way of life.
In 1925, Jones wrote a book called, The Christ of the Indian Road that sold over a million copies. It was the first of 30 books that he wrote. According to one web site, his books have been “read around jungle fires, studied by armies and governments, quoted in parliaments, and banned and burned by Communists.” Jones commented, “If reconciliation is God’s chief business, it is ours—between man and God, between man and himself, and between man and man.” He did much to reconcile different religious communities, but the Communists were a different matter. Perhaps, part of their objection to Jones was his 1935 book entitled, Christ’s Alternative To Communism.
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Pray that today’s missionaries will understand their role in bringing about reconciliation between man and God.