Hope and Rest – Jesus Built the House

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“But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.” Hebrews 3:3-6 The word house is used six times in these verses. It refers to the people of God, not to a material building. David wanted to build a temple where God could dwell. But God told David that He would build David’s house and make a covenant with David’s descendants. This was Jesus Christ. Moses was a servant in the house, while Jesus is the Son over the house. Moses was a member of the household, but Jesus built the house. Jesus Christ had superiority over Moses. The prophet Moses spoke about things to come, but Jesus brought the fulfillment of these things. We know that every house is built by someone, but He that builds all things is God. We all who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him are part of His house. The people that the book of Hebrews was written to wanted to leave Jesus. They felt that Moses was more important than Jesus. Today so many times we feel that there are things that are more important than Jesus. It may not be Moses but it is something that can take the place of Jesus. Unless we continue with Jesus, we will not see the rewards that come from following Him.

Hope and Rest – Consider Jesus

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“And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house.” Hebrews 3:1-2 The history of Moses was remarkable from beginning to end. The hand of God was on Moses all of his life. God preserved him as a baby. The hand of God dug his grave at the finish. Between these events in his life Moses was as close to God as anyone. During the most memorable portion of the history of the Jewish nation, God dealing with His people, was through Moses. He was in his own person, prophet, priest and king. Through Moses the whole Levitical system was instituted. By him the Tabernacle was built. We can well understand why the Jews held him in high esteem. As great as Moses was, there was one that is greater. Yes, Moses was entrusted with God’s entire house, but now there is one that is entrusted with God’s house, that is Jesus Christ. This scripture tells us to think carefully about Jesus. This carefully means to thoroughly think of the matter, so that you can arrive at a better knowledge of the matter. To consider Jesus Christ means to ponder who and what He is; to attentively weight His dignity, His Excellency, His authority; to think of what is due Him. Moses was primarily the prophet of law, while Jesus Christ is the messenger of God’s grace. Have you considered Jesus and who He is?

Hope and Rest – Don’t Neglect

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“For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.” Hebrews 2:2-4 The epistle to the Hebrews tells us about five warnings that we need to be careful about. It tells us not to neglect the Word, not to become hard hearted, not to have dullness toward the Word, not to despise the Word, not to refuse the Word. The first of these is neglect of the Word or drift from the Word. These verses tell us that the message that God gives us through His angel stood firm. They were always true. Then Jesus came and told us about God and this stood firm. It came as the truth. As if this was not enough, the signs and wonders of God show us the truth that God is able. Then as another witness to the truth of God’s Word, we have the Holy Spirit that lives in us helping us to believe the Word of God. The Holy Spirit allows us to see the things of God as the truth. If we have all of these witnesses to the truth of God, how can we not believe? If we ignore these witnesses, we may lose our salvation. I have no doubt about the truth of God’s Word. I have seen the signs and wonders and felt the warmest of the Holy Spirit in my life. God has shown me […]

Hope and Rest – We Drift

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“So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 The epistle to the Hebrews was written to the second generation of Christians. Some of them were saying that they needed to return to the religion of the law. The Temple at this time was still standing. These people were starting to drift. They were leaving the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles. It was written at an age when it seemed that everything was shaking. A time when they were wondering what was going on and what they could do about it. They felt that the religion of the law would be more stable. They were wanting to return to the Temple. They were drifting because they did not have an anchor that would hold during the storm. The only anchor that will hold during our times of trouble is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We are living in a day and time that is shaking. God is shaking everything that can be shaken. If we not very careful, we can drift. It is so easy to drift. It is so easy to return to an easy religion. A religion that requires no change in our life. The teaching of Jesus requires that we change. It requires that we repent of our sins and change the way we live our lives. It is not easy to follow Jesus and He never promised it would be easy. He did promise that He would give us the strength to follow Him and do His will. He promised that if we followed Him He would be with us forever and ever. Be careful that you don’t drift. Drifting will lead you in the wrong direction.

Hope and Rest – Spring is Coming

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“For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:19 It is February and the temperature is in the 70’s. I love the spring weather. We have had a cold, wet winter and it is nice to see some warm weather. I am sitting on my front porch enjoying my coffee. The daffodils are in bloom. It so nice to see God has given us a promise of life to come. The ground is bare and brown, looking like there is no life. Then God sends us these beautiful flowers to remind us that something wonderful is soon to come. You may be going through some difficult times. Your life may look bare and brown just like the ground looks during the winter. You may not be able to see an end to the storms in your life. God is there with a better hope. Even if you cannot see Him working, He is there. He loves you and wants the best for your life. “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) Just remember spring is coming!

Hope and Rest – Hope in Jesus

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“And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.” Hebrews 1:2 Dr. Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who lived as a prisoner in Auschwitz and other concentration camps during World War II. Dr. Frankl experienced unimaginable horror during his years of captivity, yet during that time he was able to discern the reason why some people survived the camps while others did not. In his book “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Dr. Frankl writes about how hope was the key factor to a prisoner’s ability to survive. “For the prisoner who had lost faith in the future, his future was doomed. With the loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and become subject to mental and physical decay… The only chance people had of making it in the camp was their ability to focus on some future goal, it had nothing to do with who was the healthiest or strongest, but who had someone waiting back home for them or who had some vocational goal they dreamed of realizing one day” (Dr. Viktor Frankl) Our hope is in Jesus Christ. This is the only hope that we have in a world that seems to be falling apart. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) God promised us in His Word that Jesus Christ was our hope. God promised that because of His Son’s inheritance He would take care of us.

Hope and Rest – God’s Rest

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“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.” Hebrews 4:10 We all need rest. God told us that we needed at least one day a week to rest and recharge so that we can move on with life. I find this is so true. This scripture is not talking about a day at the beach. It is talking about the rest we get when we turn everything over to God. To me this is the hardest thing that I can do. Turning everything in my life over to God and letting Him have complete control. We all feel that we have to do something. We have to make things happen. If we don’t, we are not doing what we should. When we try to make things happen, we become exhausted. We become frustrated. To me this is not a fun place to be when we feel that we must be in control. “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36) This scripture is telling us that if we don’t rest in God, we will lose our confidence in God. We need patient endurance. This is what I need more than anything else. I have stopped praying, telling God what He should do. My prayers are, “Lord, help me to know your will” or just “Help me!” The Lord will give us the rest that we need if we just take our hands off and allow Him control. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and […]

Hope and Rest – God’s House

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“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 (NLT) “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” Psalm 23:6 (NKJV) I will dwell in God’s house forever. I have lived in many houses in my years. I have moved more than most people. I have lived in the city. I have lived in the country. I have lived where I could see the Rocky Mountains every day. The view every morning was inspiring. Most of the houses I lived in, I was content to live there, but it just was not quite enough of what I wanted. I have always felt that the next place I lived would not be as good as that I was presently living in. I always wondered if I could make the next place home. The house that I am looking forward to live in is God’s house. This is the house that I have been looking for all of my life. The view of the Rocky Mountains was inspiring, but the view will not even compare with the view from God’s house. Some of our journeys have been long and hard, but we just need to fix our sights on that heavenly home that God has prepared for us. God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile. The Twenty Third Psalm is a psalm of hope and rest. It is a Psalm that we need to mediate on often. God wants to give us the hope and rest that we need. All we have to do is […]

Hope and Rest – Trust God

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“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 (NLT) “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” Psalm 23:6 (NKJV) “Our mood may shift, but God doesn’t. Our minds may change, but God doesn’t. Our devotion may falter, but God’s never does. Even if we are faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot betray Himself. He is a sure God, we can state confidently, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” (Max Lucado) What a promise. This verse gives me hope. It tells me that I serve a big God. A God that can make these promises and there is no problem with Him keeping them. Every day the news in the world is depressing. It seems that there is no hope. What are we going to do? I am going to put my trust in a loving and caring God. There is no other foundation in this world but God. The people that put their trust in God have a great energy for God. They have great thoughts of God. They have great boldness for God. They have great contentment in God. We need to get back to our trust in God. “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

Hope and Rest – Blessings

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“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23:5 NLT “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5 NKJ My cup overflows with blessings! I am so blessed. God has blessed me so much over the years and He is still blessing me. I don’t know where I would be without God and His blessings. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, a great son. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. I have friends that care for me and take care of me if I need them. How could I ask for anymore? I am blessed with some of the best neighbors. Last summer when I had surgery they cut my grass without even asking. I praise and thank God for all of these blessings. “And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 3:6) This is God’s plan to bless us with His love and then we get to live with Jesus forever and ever.