“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (Hebrews 10:39)
The author of Hebrews had just been writing to his Hebrew audience the difference between the old system of sacrificing for sins and the “once for all” sacrifice of sins that Jesus had accomplished. He described that in the old sacrificial order there was a high priest who would sacrifice a spotless lamb for the sins of the people. As people continued to sin, more lambs were needed to be sacrificed - it was overwhelming. The author then pivots to remind us that Jesus is not only the ultimate high priest, but he is the only and final spotless lamb that needs to be sacrificed for our sins.
Because of Jesus’ once for all sacrifice, the author of Hebrews encourages us not to grow timid or weary in pursuing righteousness every day as we follow Jesus. He reminds us of the boldness when demonstrated when we first received the light of Christ and were fresh in being set free. We were full of confidence in Jesus because He is our “better possession!” But as each day we face new challenges, heartaches, and temptations, our confidence to persevere through those things can wane. It’s easy for us to lose the confidence we had originally in battling sin with the blood of Christ covering us, and the power of Christ within us.
Stand in there! Don’t shrink back from what the enemy throws at you. The same Jesus who saved you from darkness is still saving you. The Holy Spirit is going ahead of you and living inside of you to give you power to fight the sin that tries to entangle you. Face today with perseverance, joy, peace, and strength.
Question: When you first received the forgiveness only found in Jesus, how would you describe how you felt?
Challenge: Confess the sins that are currently entangling you. With confidence and expectation, ask the Lord to forgive you and help you to follow him righteously today.
Prayer: Create a pure heart within me God. Renew a righteous spirit within me. Will you give me your presence and keep your Holy Spirit with me?
Rick Roberts, Chapel Leader -- Kane County Cougars