From Where I Stand: Hope
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 12:32PM
Jeff Smith in Discipleship, From Where I Stand, Judgment

The Hebrew writer’s goal was to emphasize the superiority of the covenant of Christ to a generation of people who pondered a return to the Law of Moses. He was certainly not short on arguments, and many of them continue to resonate today among disciples who contemplate a renewal of affections for this lost world. For instance, he wrote, "We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 6:19-20). Hope continues to serve as our spiritual, emotional, and moral anchor when the waves of weariness, discouragement, or temptation crash upon us. We hope to persevere, to endure, to reach the eternal shore. Our hope rests not in things temporal or earthly, but in the person of Christ who stills the winds, calms the waves, and lights the way, even into Heaven. When all else fails – and it just might – the hope we derive from trusting in a risen savior who has proven resurrection and purchased redemption steadies our nerves and soothes our consciences. Our hope is built on nothing less.

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