Hebrews – God’s Action in Jesus
“Walk up to him, you don’t have to be afraid”, we say to our young children upon seeing a hero for the first time. “He is waiting for you to come and see him and shake his hand”, we assure them. After waiting in line for a long time, the wait is over and they finally get to see him. What do they do? Hesitate.
Do we do that with God? Are we so afraid, unsure or think we are not good enough or valuable enough to come to Him? Is it His power and awesomeness that stops us? Is it our guilt and unworthiness that causes us to hesitate? We are right about one thing…we will never be good enough. But, JESUS is. Jesus is more than enough. Jesus cleans us up from the inside out, making us presentable and acceptable to God!
THIS IS GREAT NEWS! Jesus has cleared the way! We can now repent, believe, trust and follow Jesus right up to the throne of God! Don’t miss out! Run to Him. The path is clear! No waiting. No lines!
Hebrews 10, The Message
Don’t Throw It All Away
19-21 So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.
22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
26-31 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? This is no light matter. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me.
32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.
It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.
But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
What do we learn?
–Believing, trusting, following Jesus is the way to God, Our Father.
–Saved by the sacrifice of Jesus, we are confident and assured, inside and out, ready to meet God.
–Keep a firm grip on believing, trusting and obeying God.
–Help each other, worship with each other, encourage each other as we get closer to the Day when Jesus comes again.
–Don’t give up.
–Don’t forget what we have learned. Don’t look at past mistakes but forward to our future with Jesus who wipes away every sin.
–God is the one and only judge. We are not.
–Remember when you first came to Jesus and accepted Him. Only return to that memory and build your life on Him. Peace in troubled times will return when we look to Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.
–God always keeps His Word…count on it. Live by it.
“So, let’s DO IT”…full of belief and confident…to walk right up to God, hand in hand with Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord! Talk to Him right now. Seriously. Thank you for all He has done, is doing and will do.
No regrets when you say yes to God!
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am remembering the first time I stepped away from the wooden bench pew in a small church in Oklahoma City and took those steps to the altar of prayer of repentance and love for you. I was young but I knew what I was doing because of those who taught me well. Thank you Jesus for that beginning of our confident walk together. It’s been a wild ride since then and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Apparently, you wouldn’t either. I am so glad I said yes to you then, later and now. Continue to speak to my heart. I’m listening…still.
In Jesus Name, Amen