Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 10:19-39 ~ No Wavering

With Good Friday and Easter behind us, it could be easy to lose sight of what we just celebrated.  We rejoiced in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, His victory over sin and death, but Monday we return to “normal” life. I’m thankful that I find myself in Hebrews this morning reading anew these truths.

There is only one way into the presence of God, one way to experience His glory and that is through the torn flesh and shed blood of Jesus Christ–He alone opens the way and gives us confidence before the Father.  We must be unwavering in this belief and also strengthening each other in regard to the faithfulness of God and the purpose He set for us of loving and doing good to others through unity and community.

Many people may have gone to church yesterday and heard the truth of Jesus Christ, and sadly many may have walked away deliberately continuing in the sin of unbelief!  Anyone who daily rejects the truth of Jesus Christ as the only Savior forfeits the mercy of God.  They die to experience His judgment, fury and vengeance.  This is truth!  God in His mercy gives us day after day to chose to believe; but our lives will end, we will face God, and give an account for how we handled the truth.  There is only One way to the Father (belief) and there is only one way away from the Father (rejection). Rejection in essence is trampling the truth of Jesus, treating the shedding of His blood with contempt, and insulting/outraging the Holy Spirit.  Verse 31 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of THE LIVING GOD!”  Oh how my heart breaks over those who refuse to believe the truth.  

Even on Good Friday as I was driving around, I was moved to tears by the sheer volume of people who were out and about and how few were probably considering the truth that Jesus shed His holy blood, taking the punishment for our sins–substituting His life for ours on that cross.

If I stopped reading this chapter at verse 31, it would leave my spirit crushed, but thankfully the next paragraph starts with the word, “BUT!”  Those who hear the truth and believe in Jesus are changed!  They are given endurance in suffering, compassion towards others and joy in unfair circumstances.  They have a great hope and confidence in God’s mercy and His abiding promise to live with Him forever in fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).  They are not “repaid” (30) with judgment, fury, and vengeance, BUT are”rewarded” (35) with salvation and eternal life!  All this is possible through unwavering faith!  Faith makes all the difference–it is the bedrock of endurance and perseverance.  It is the one thing that pleases the Lord. While unbelief leads to destruction, the path of faith leads to life.

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Hebrews 10:1-19 ~ If God is Good….

If God is good, why would he let His own Son die?  Sometimes we question God like this about our own suffering; like He can’t possibly understand or mean to let us suffer, like He’s made a mistake somehow.  Suffering is never a mistake or a waste in the hands of God.  When He allows suffering, there is always a purpose.  When He watched His Son die on the cross, we were the purpose!  And Jesus, He didn’t get mad or question His Father.  In fact in Hebrews 12 it says of Jesus, “For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross.”

God’s goodness and love for you and me made it necessary for Jesus to be broken, beaten, and nailed to a cross.  God knows that we are all sinners, born that way–rebellious and selfish–separated from Him.  Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”  Jesus shed His blood once for all people for all time.

God wrote His law on our hearts and minds; therefore, it is our hearts and minds where the law is broken.  Sin runs deep–our sinful actions and speech are an outflow of our sinful hearts and minds.  Nothing can cleanse the inner man except the blood of Christ.  His perfect sacrifice can purify our hearts and minds, sanctifying us–setting us apart as holy to God.

It was God’s will that Christ should die–His good, acceptable and perfect will.

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”   And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.  Hebrews 10:17-18

Freedom, joy, forgiveness, and peace are ours only through the sacrifice of Jesus.

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