Friday, April 3, 2015

The certainty of God’s Promise

4.3.2015 Good Friday                                     Hebrews 6:1-20 The certainty of God’s Promise

The crucifixion

God’s promise and oath to Abraham is certain. As heirs of Abraham, those who trust in Christ Jesus share in the blessing of life promised to Abraham. They experience unending stability and security through the Son’s gracious access to the Father. If we doubt God’s Word, we act as if God is a liar and miss the blessings that flow from a trusting relationship with Him. As we trust God’s promises, we see that God tells the truth, and we share in the blessings of eternal life.[2]

Today is the most somber of all Christian days. It is Good Friday.  How do we know that the suffering and death of Christ is sufficient to give us clemency? How do we know that Christ’s passion is enough? The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that God guarantees His promise with an oath. He does this to make it absolutely clear to His heirs, those who are to receive what He has promised, that He will never change His mind. This hope that we have in Christ acts like an anchor for our souls. It is strong and immovable. It reaches all the way into the Inner Room behind the curtain where Jesus, our forerunner has already gone to serve us.

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[3]

[1] Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use
[2] Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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