Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe…” vs. 28Hebrews 12:25-29
As the writer to the Hebrews continues his argument for the centrality of Christ, he makes frequent references to interpretations of the scriptures that are bewildering to most of us. His images and worldview don’t resonate with what we have come to believe and know. Many times his metaphors are more puzzling than helpful. But within the obscurity there is a common thread. This writer is excited about the future. One day, he believes, all that is transient will come to an end, and what remains will be a new creation. That’s a hope that we can all hang on to, both for ourselves and for the world. While previous generations had been motivated by threats of destruction, this writer looks forward to the kingdom of peace, an eternity filled by God’s presence and unconditional love. Admittedly, that’s a promise that’s hard to believe as we deal with the deaths of loved ones, our own aging bodies, and the looming curse of climate change. We’ve got a lot on our plates, and sometimes nebulous promises of heavenly delights don’t spark our joy. It’s at that point that we go back to the definition that began these chapters of Hebrews: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” When it comes to the future, sometimes the best we can do is hang our hats on faith!
Thought for the Day: What would be better than faith?