Hebrews 10:1-18 · Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
The Gift Of — Darn It! — Waiting
Hebrews 10:5-10
by Mary Austin

On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, our season of waiting is almost over. Ready or not, Christmas is almost here. If that thought just made your heart beat faster with a feeling of stress, let’s take a deep breath together and listen for God speaking.

Today’s reading comes from the letters to the Hebrews, written to connect this new, early faith in Jesus back to the traditions of Judaism. The author of this book isn’t known to us, but it seems to have been written to encourage believers who were facing persecution for their faith.

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
   but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings
   you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your will,…

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