April 16, 2023
Returning to our study of Hebrews this week, Pastor Kevin reminds us that the overarching message of this book for its original audience, Jews living after the Resurrection but before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, is: Abandon the Old Testament system of human priests and animal sacrifices because Jesus was our once-and-for-all sacrifice for sin and is now our eternal High Priest! In the same way today, trusting in religious traditions, works, or anything instead of Jesus alone for our salvation is like continuing to make mortgage payments on a fully-paid-for home.
In today’s passage, the writer reminds us that we have direct access to God through Jesus and are able to live with a full assurance of faith and a clear conscience because God has said, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). The empty tomb testifies that what we believe is true!
As the writer exhorted his readers, Pastor Kevin exhorts us to endure to the end, holding “fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful….not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23,25).