Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, we thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.”
First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”–though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets side the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
— Hebrews 10:4-10 (NIV)
“Here I am. I have come to do your will, O God.” – Jesus, Hebrews 10:7
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” – Mary the mother of Jesus, Luke 1:38
Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him. Disciples James and John, Matthew 4:21-22
Noah did everything just as God commanded him. – Genesis 6:22
The LORD has said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. So Abram left, as the LORD had told him. – Genesis 12:1,4
So I prophesied as I was commanded. – Ezekiel the prophet, Ezekiel 37:7
And if I perish, I perish. – Queen Esther, Esther 4:16
God’s salvation story is full of real people who said, “Yes, Lord” to God’s purpose. The Father’s purpose for His Son, Jesus, was to be the ultimate sacrifice that would redeem His people to be adopted as sons and daughters. Jesus’ obedience is the only way that we have been made holy. God required the perfect Lamb of God to be slain, and Jesus, that Lamb of God, said, “I have come to do Your will.”
The Father’s will is still being carried out by those who listen and are saying, “Yes, Lord. Here I am. I desire to do Your will, O my God.” And He faithfully leads us, step by step of obedience each time we say, “Yes, Lord.” What is the Father requiring of you today? I’m not talking about receiving a 5-10 year projected plan from God with all the steps laid out for you from the beginning. Ha! He leads us by steps, and we follow with obedience. Listen and watch for your step He will light for you. And then give a wholehearted and obedient, “Yes, Lord.” And may His glory come with His Kingdom and may His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Through your “Yes, Lord!”