Monday, November 2, 2009

Hebrews 6 -- On Your Side

There are many challenges in life. When adversity and challenge show up it often shows up with a team of people. Some of those people are there to cheer you on, while others are there to work for your demise. The times when things seem most bleak and it seems like those who are against you are far greater in number and size than those with you it can start to feel very lonely. The writer of Hebrews reminds the readers then and now, there is someone on your side. Through the promise of God, God is on our side. God longs to see the best for us, and is our advocate and counsel through the Holy Spirit.

God sees the best in us in each situation, in fact that is why Jesus was sent to this earth. Not because all God could see is our brokenness. Rather because God could see the best in us, and knew to bring out our best there must be an atonement for sin. Our best is often marred by sin. The best in us can get buried and bruised. Yet God will look through it all and see the very best. After all we are created in the image of God. That image is perfection, and God is working through Jesus Christ to bring that image to the surface.

God is on our side. This is not a political statement. It is not a statement that says my God is better than your god. It is a statement that says the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who sent Jesus, the God who calls us today is on our side and wants to see our very best shine through. Through Jesus we have an advocate with God, a high priest working on our behalf. The high priest presents us to God at our very best. This is the promise of God for the people of creation.

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