Tried & True

In Hebrews 5:1,2, we read the following: “For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and them that are put of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.”

While this passage cites the necessary qualities of a high priest, it’s also written in reference to the qualities already demonstrated in the greatest high priest of all - Jesus Christ.

At the time of Christ’s birth, the office of high priest was usually secured through political intrigue rather than the demonstration of a pious character. But such was not the case for heaven’s High Priest. The veracity of Christ's qualifications were demonstrated before men and angels during His earthly life. What was witnessed of His mercy and compassion toward fallen and ignorant humans was placed beyond question for any open and honest mind. On the tried and tested foundation of His own justice and mercy, Christ was established as our High and Holy Mediator.

The examples that affirm His right to mediate for us above are many. One that comes readily to mind is the woman taken in adultery (see John 8:2-11). While Jesus did not excuse the woman's sin or set aside the law of Moses, He challenged her accusers to throw the first stone if they were guiltless of the same. He also revealed that their supposed reverence for the law of Moses was a sacrilegious pretext to entrap Him. Looking upon the fearful and trembling woman who thought her end had come, Jesus was touched with infinite pity. He showed Himself as One “Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.” While righteous on one hand, and not placating her sin, Jesus was also merciful. He forgive her!

As her accusers cowered and slinked away, Jesus finally turned to the poor trembling lady. “Woman, where are those who accused you? Have none of them condemned you? She answered and said, no man Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you: Go and sin no more.” John 8:10,11.

Sin can never be excused under the pretense that it never took place. Every act is noted in heaven and will receive it's just reward of eternal death. Jesus was not being pretentious in forgiving this woman as though her violation of the Mosaic law was inconsequential. He upheld it’s impending sentence to the last jot and title. The difference being, that He would eventually suffer the dreadful penalty in her behalf - and all because His big, tender and merciful heart couldn't help but do otherwise.

Let us note the consequence of Christ's unbounded compassion toward this poor fallen woman:

“Her heart was melted, and she cast herself at the feet of Jesus, sobbing out her grateful love, and with bitter tears confessing her sins...This was to be the beginning of a new life, a life of purity and peace, devoted to the service of God. In the uplifting of this fallen soul, Jesus performed a greater miracle than healing the most grievous physical disease; He cured the spiritual malady which is unto death everlasting. This penitent woman became one of His most steadfast followers. With self-sacrificing love and devotion she repaid His forgiving mercy… The world had for this erring woman only contempt and scorn; bit Jesus speaks words of comfort and hope. The Sinless One pities the weakness of the sinner, and reaches to her a helping hand. While the hypocritical Pharisees denounce, Jesus bids her, ‘Go and sin no more.’”

We stand in wonder at Christ's pitying love and mercy! How thankful we should be that our High Priest has lost none of His boundless compassion. The thought should ever encourage us to “Come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.

At the same time, we should remember that Jesus is also our example in such things. If He is ever willing to pity us when we stumble, we should be like minded to all others.

“It is not Christ's follower that, with averted eyes, turns from the erring, leaving them unhindered to pursue their downward course. Those who are forward in accusing others, and bringing them to justice, are often in their own lives more guilty than they. Men hate the sinner, while they love the sin. Christ hates the sin, but loves the sinner. This will be the spirit of all who follow Him. Christian love is slow to censure, quick to discern penitence, ready to forgive, to encourage, to set the wanderer in the path of holiness, and to stay his feet therein.” Desire of Ages p.462.

Mike Thompson, Associate Pastor


Discipleship University

Join us on Sabbath, October 19 @ 1:30 PM in the Chapel as we continue to study the gospels together, along with the combined reading of The Desire of Ages. 


Adventurer Club

It's not too late to sign your child(ren) up for this year's Adventurer adventure. The fun, wholesome, and interactive activities designed for your children are calculated to draw them closer to Jesus. Adventurers meet every 1st & 3rd Sabbaths. For more info click here.


Adventist Junior Youth

Looking to get your child involved in something worthwhile and wholesome? Sign your 10-15 year old child(ren) up for AJY, and let the spiritual fun begin! Email afrancisco102@yahoo.com to learn more. Meetings take place 1st & 3rd Sabbaths.


Healthy Plate Presents...

Activity: The Real Fountain Of Youth with Creation Health will be held October 21, 7 PM in the Camellia Room and there will be an Easy Burgers demo. Be sure to come and invite your friends and neighbors!


TV Production & Camera Training

Want to be a part of a ministry that is making a difference in people’s lives? Want to use your talents in God’s work? Then Central's MediaMin is looking for you! Join us for our next training Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:45PM.


Born Again Seminar

Join us for this vital seminar presented by Dr. Dojcin Zivadinovic, professor of religion at Weimar College, on Sabbath, Oct. 26. What is it? What does it look like? Why does it matter? Find answers to these questions and more. Join us for potluck.


FREE Medical & Dental Clinic

Pass the word along that there will be a free medical and dental clinic held at Sacramento Central on Sunday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 8AM. Individials will be served on a first come, first serve basis. For more info, please click here.


Light Sacramento!

Join us in the Camellia Room on November 9 at 2 PM as we prepare to go Light Sacramento! “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). “Carry the word to every man’s door” (R&H July 10, 1883).


Click on the Calendar to find out what else is happening at Central this month - from Sabbath speakers, to events, plus much, much more!



Operation Joash Update

We're thanking the Lord that the renovations on the Earliteen classroom are nearing completion. Just waiting on the furniture now. Work has also begun on the Junior Room. To support our ongoing efforts with Operation Joash, please click here


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Sacramento Central Ministry Team: Chris Buttery, Senior Pastor; Mike Thompson, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

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