June 30, 2020

Benediction and Sending

Hebrews 13:20-21

May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will. . . .

—  Hebrews 13:20-21

When we conclude our worship services, we offer a benediction (word of blessing) and a sending greeting. We do not simply say, “Have a nice week.” We go from our service of worship to our everyday life of worship. In order to do that, we need God’s blessing and equipping.

What a powerful way to wrap up the book of Hebrews! In giving God’s blessing, the writer of Hebrews is also sending us out with a reminder of who is going with us.

In these two short verses, the writer summarizes almost the entire book. “The God of peace . . .”—not a God of wrath and anger. “Through the blood of the eternal covenant . . .”—not a covenant that is passing and in need of a new one; it is eternal. “Brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus . . .”—death could not hold any ­power over the Son of God. His sacrifice was once for all. This is the God who is sending us and equipping us.

We do not do the good that we do on our own. We need God’s help and his equipping so that what we do is pleasing to him. We need God to equip us with “everything good for doing his will.”

By God’s grace, we do everything for God’s glory forever and ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, equip us with everything good so that we can do your will and that you may receive honor and glory now and forever. Amen.

About the author — Brian Kuyper

Brian Kuyper is the lead pastor at a church in Taber, Alberta. He has served in two congregations in southern Alberta over the past 12 years. He is married to Brenda, and they have three school-age children.

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