A Different Kind of Kingdom (Thurs. Dec. 24)

Christ is born! Glorify Him! The word of the day is “kingdom.”  On the eve of the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, we hear of the identity of the child to be born and the significance of His birth. As our reading of Hebrews 1:1-12 begins, the apostle argues that the angels may be magnificent.  But the divine Son of God is greater than the most stupendous angel.  Through Him, the worlds were made. He was His Reign is Forever the agent of the Creator who laid the foundations of the earth.  In Him, the brightness of God’s glory shines.  With Him, there is no change or alteration. On Him, God has poured the anointing oil of kingship,…

Spiritual Growth Requires Solid Food (Wed. Dec. 23)

The word of the day is “solid.”  Today, our reading of Hebrews 5:11-6:8 emphasizes the necessity that everyone should continue to grow in faith and the knowledge of the faith.  The apostle writes, “Therefore leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation…” (vs. 6:1). As this passage begins, the apostle notes that there is much more to say about the High Priest Melchizedek.  Yet, he gives up trying to explain it because he complains that his readers have become “dull of hearing” (vs. 11).  The  Greek word that the apostle uses means sluggish (Strong’s #3576, 174).  They have become slothful in their comprehension of the teachings of the…