What’s YOUR Reality TV show?
(Fourth in a four part series)
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What did we learn about the reality of Jesus’ world as seen in Hebrews 10:5-18?
- Jesus was offered as the final sacrifice of the Old Testament Era.
- We were sanctified (set apart as holy) before God.
- We were made perfect by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.o, as a result of the finished work of Christ on the cross, what is our new reality as God’s redeemed people?
v. 17 “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
v. 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
v.19 “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
v. 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
v. 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
v. 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our body washed with pure water.
v. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
v. 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
v. 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”
From this, we learn that our new reality is:
- We are completely forgiven.
- We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
- We have confident access into God’s presence.
- We have a new Hope.
- We have a new need for community.
- As believers, we only have one true reality.
- Our hope and security are only found in our eternal salvation in Christ.
- All else in life is uncertain.
“Can we have earthly hopes and dreams?”
“Can I have my own ‘bucket list’?”
Absolutely. Kay and I would love to go to Barcelona and see the art work of Gaudy.
I am hoping to finish all the requirements for promotion to Kung Fu Master in January ’09. Yet, it is important that these uncertainties do not become our sources of security and places of refuge.
“Is there ever room for fantasy? I’m addicted to it.”
Daydreams and thoughts about things that will never occur or should never occur because God prohibits it, should not occupy large quantities of time within our thought life. It’s a waste of time. Some people are so agitated by the realities of life that they spend countless hours elsewhere in a make believe world where everything is happy… just the way they would ideally like it to be. They end up being enslaved to false hopes which medicate them from having to deal with reality. They miss so much.
“What should be my expectations?”
With respect to fellow human beings, institutions, families, friends and relatives, you should expect a mixed bag of positive and negative experiences every day. The world is under a Divine curse, and all men are sinful. Even the best of people that bring us good, will eventually harm us. Don’t be surprised when this happens. Expect it to happen and your shock and disappointment levels will be less.
With respect to God and the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, you can count on it. Your safety in Christ both now and when He returns to set up His Kingdom is a sure thing. It is your only sure thing.
Love and blessings,
Milan and Kay
Next week: More relationship building tips.