“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus – he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh) – and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”Hebrews 10:19-25, CSB (emphases added).
There is nothing more catalytic to the human experience than hope. Nothing more powerfully motivates the spirit than when hope is stirred. Nothing more desperately weakens it than when hope is stifled. A fresh wind of hope breathes new life into old challenges. It is the undercurrent of every forward-leaning, relentlessly optimistic pursuit. The spirit launches every day onto the murky waters of chronometric experience, but only the hand that reaches forward in hope can pull such a delicate vessel forward with confidence.
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Hope challenges the status quo. Hope promises a positive outcome. Hope quickens. Hope empowers. Hope sustains. But in a world where the beauty of God’s design is difficult to perceive, through the ominous haze of sin’s influence, hope may often seem in short supply.
Those who are in Christ Jesus have the monopoly on hope. They confessed hope when they called on the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation, repenting from sin and trusting Jesus alone as Savior and Lord. Hebrews 6:19 tells us this hope is an anchor for our souls, firmly and securely fixed on Jesus in the most holy place. Our hope is not anchored in the temporary treasures or temporary relationships of our present sin-scarred environment. Instead, our hope is cast ahead of us, into eternity.
This eternal hope defines the human experience for us. It supersedes the brokenness of the spirit that comes along with disappointment and dissatisfaction. It is a hope we cannot clearly see in the moment, through the fog of our present journey. But the tautness of its anchored rope assures us, through the haze, of its reliable stability fixed on the Rock of the Ages. Hope anchors our temporary experiences on the assurance of eternal glory.
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The author of Hebrews exhorts us, through the obscurity of the human experience, to hold on to the confession of our hope. “Hold on,” he writes, because God is faithful. Hope in Christ does not disappoint. Hope in Christ cannot be stolen, broken, or spoiled. God promised, and God is faithful.
If the waters you sail today seem particularly nebulous, hold on to the confession of your hope in Jesus Christ. Such a hope will not be sunk by any threatening wind or wave of mortality. Instead, the eternality of Christian hope perseveres through the temporality of every earthly disappointment.
What hope is yours today in Christ Jesus? Hold On.
Grace and Peace,