Hebrews 2

Do you know that Jesus has provided the means to overcome this fear? Before I was a believer I feared death. It was, ”fear of the unknown.” I had no idea what would happen to me after I died. Is there a heaven and hell? Is it just, “the big sleep?” What would happen to me?

Funerals, when I was young, didn’t give me any hope. Everyone was sad and crying. The minister's talk was not positive. It was as if he didn’t have any hope, so how could he give hope to someone else?

I couldn’t picture an afterlife. What was this sitting on a cloud and plucking a harp thing I saw on Saturday morning cartoons? Is this what I have to look forward to for eternity? Or in high school where it was, "see you in hell and we’ll all party together." Was that what I wanted? Neither of these thoughts were appealing to me, and what about the passage where Jesus says that hell is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth?  (Mathew 13:42) Doesn’t sound like a party to me. If God really loved me, would he subject me to either of these?

I now know that God has another plan, to make us like His Son Jesus, who came to reconcile us to God. Why do we need reconciling? Because of sin. Yes, it’s the whole thing of Adam and Eve, kicked out of the garden because of sin, and death started because of that. Since that time sin and death have plagued mankind. It wasn’t God’s original plan. We were supposed to live forever in that garden. We were supposed to work there during the day and fellowship with God, face to face, in the cool of the evening.

So how do we get back to that place of no death, or fear of death? It starts with Hebrews 2:3, don’t neglect the salvation that Jesus has provided for us. When we are reconciled to God, the fear of death vanishes. We are no longer God’s enemies but His sons and daughters. (Hebrews 2: 10-13)

Did God have a job for Adam? Yes! Name the animals and take care of the garden.  Did God have a job for Jesus? Yes! To teach us about God the Father and to die as a sacrifice so our sins could be cancelled out and we could become God's children, Jesus’ brothers and sisters. Does God have a plan for us? Yes! Our job here is to enjoy all the good things God has given us, to tell others what he has done, and when we die, we have a heavenly job to do that will be given by our Heavenly Father, who only knows how to give good things.

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HOPE IN THE MIDST OF _____?_____!

In today’s text, Jeremiah (Lam. 3) calls God’s faithfulness “great” and finds His mercies “new every morning”. He trusts the Lord ‘has his back’ even as he walks through dark days (v.2), has lost peace, happiness and strength (v.17-18), and does not even feel his prayers getting through (v.8). Jeremiah is called the ‘weeping prophet’ and for good reason. 

But how is Jeremiah able to maintain his trust in God’s goodness in the midst of this difficult journey?  Because he trusts in the sovereignty of God!  Verse 38 reads, “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth?”. He knows nothing happens that the Lord has not brought to pass (3:37)!  The church could use a bit more of this teaching and this trust these days!

It is a curiosity that, while living in the most prosperous nation in the history of the world and where we are free to express our faith freely, believers wallow in self-pity and defeat.  We decry our lot. We allow depression to own us. We fear our future because of our today.  But as God came to Jeremiah so He comes to us and says, “Do not fear!” (3:57).  He is in control. He has extended to you victory. He will never leave you alone. He’s got your back!  May we walk through our today in the light of the truth of His sovereignty!

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