Summary: We are called to hold on to hope
“Holding on to Hope” - Hebrews 10:19-25 - October 7, 2012
Join with me this morning in turning to Hebrews 10:19-25. We’ve been going through this book that is written to Jewish Christians, teaching them what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ. We no longer need to hold on to the old Jewish sacrificial system and dietary laws. Hundred and hundreds of OT laws are no longer held over our head. We have no obligation to worry about keeping them. Instead, the writer tells us that Christ has provided a far better arrangement for us. Christ has fulfilled the law and gives us complete salvation and forgiveness.
Hebrews 10 calls us to live boldly. Far too often we live apologetically, almost ashamed and embarrassed that we are Christians. We go through the day almost hoping no one finds out we are Christians. Instead, we SHOULD live boldly, being a very visible witness that we belong to Jesus Christ and that we are his servants. When we remember we are called to live out a bold witness, it changes everything we do. When we get cut off on the interstate, we don’t respond with obscene hand gestures. When we get too much change back or were only charged for one item when you bought two, we tell the cashier. When someone needs a helping hand, we make ourselves available, even though we already had plans to do something else. We live out our faith before the world so they can see what it means to follow Jesus.
Last week we saw that we looked at the first of five commands here in chapter 10, all beginning with “Let us” - if you haven’t already done so, I would encourage to you underline or circle these five commands. Remember that while this book is the word of God in printed form, the printing and paper is only a tool. It is not a sin to write in your bible! In fact, for thousands of years, Jews have written on their copies of the word of God with notes to help them as they read and studied God’s word. So highlight these five commands, so whenever you read this passage you are reminded to focus on these commands. The first we saw, in verse 22: we are called to have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place, to come into the very presence of God himself, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has created a “freshly slain” way for us, by dying in our place on the cross. We have celebrated that sacrifice this morning as we took communion. As a result, we are encouraged to boldly Draw Near to God. God invites us into his very presence. We come confidently, with sincerity, with faith, with our sins cleansed. And we saw last week in James 4, when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.
Today, we want to go on to look at the second call. Let’s read the passage responsively. I have the verses on the screen. I’ll read the first verse, you read the next.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,