CSR Daily Devotion

This past Friday, Casting Crowns released a new video of their hit single, Nobody. The video was created from audience video of their Only Jesus tour featuring Elevation Worship. It’s a fun reminder of how the world was coming together to celebrate Jesus before COVID shut concerts like this down. This song was the anthem to propel me to start this Common Sense Reborn project. From the very first line where Mark Hall sings, “All my life, I’ve been told I belong at the back of the line.” Well, all my life, when your last name starts with the letter “Z,” you are ALWAYS at the back of the line. I’ve always been a nobody, but ever since I have walked with Jesus, I realize that the only somebody that is important in this world is the Prince of Peace. So like all those singing in this song, I’m trying to make everybody see nobody but Jesus.

Today we start looking at one of my favorite books of the New Testament. We’re through all of Paul’s Epistles so from here on out we get different perspectives from different author’s, a whole bunch of nobodies that Jesus helped become important somebodies, and they were all trying to tell the world about Jesus.

September 8

3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.  4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.  (Hebrews 1:3-4)

Hebrews is a letter written to the Hebrew people, God’s chosen lineage, the original people of this Earth that God spoke to directly.  The Hebrews, or Israelites, were viewed as a crazy religious sect by the Roman Empire that had become the world powerhouse of the day.  The Romans let them keep their temple in Jerusalem, and the Hebrew nation prayed for the coming of their Messiah, who would return to establish their kingdom over the Earth forever.  Well, the problem with that was their Messiah came as a baby and grew to be a man that preached a message that would turn the world upside down.  Then the Hebrews in Jerusalem nailed that man, the Son of Man, the Son of God, to a cross.  Many would witness Jesus’ resurrection, experience Pentecost, see Him in the 40 days He walked the Earth before ascending to Heaven, yet the Hebrews were the hardest to convert to Christianity.  Still, to this day, the nation of Israel waits for a Messiah.  Unfortunately for them, the Messiah will be coming, but it will be Christ to call His believers home.  The author of the letter to the Hebrew nation would elegantly write one of the strongest letters in the New Testament canon as they brilliantly argued for the conversion of Christianity.  I find it interesting to note that the Book of Hebrews has over 44 references from specific verses of the Old Testament that diligently displays the prophesying of Jesus Christ and His purpose for humanity.  We will look at a handful of these starting tomorrow.

Reading plan:  Hebrews 1:1-9

Deeper reading plan:  Ezekiel 15, 16

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for our country.  Pray for love to conquer all.  Pray for God’s wings of protection to cover all the children returning to school.  Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.

Fitness challenge:  Day 8-8 reps.

  1. Hand-release Push-up
  2. Sit-up
  3. Jumping squat
  4. Leg lift
  5. Burpees

Run:  Tuesday is our interval running: Run a mile, jogging for one-minute, sprinting for 30 seconds.  Repeat until you run a mile.

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