CTPress May 15, 2020

[Virtual Worship continues as our governing board reviews plans this coming week.]

This past week at Bible Study, we studied Hebrews 10. When I was preparing, I came across these verses below, and they kind of caught me off guard:

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treat-ed. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is prom-ised.
(Hebrews 10:32-36)

Social media have recently been filled with posts lamenting the way certain states are reopening. There is talk about personal liberty, rights, etc., and some people have even made statements indicating that the government is compromising the God-given rights of the people to have personal liberty.

I say this with absolute certainty: No person born in this country truly knows or has experienced persecution and oppression. There are places in the world where people live in constant fear of the state, and often not even for religious reasons. Our government, though far from perfect, is trying its best to keep as many of us alive and healthy as possible.

What Christians must remember is that this life is not our permanent destination. To be certain, many people have had their lives absolutely wrecked by the pandemic. But even if that is the case, no person, no event can ever remove us from Jesus. Not even death. This was the author’s point in Hebrews 10. The Christians that received Hebrews had previously endured persecution, ridicule, property confiscation, and still held on to their faith. That is what is at the heart of the verse 36,

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God
you may receive what is promised.”

Never lose sight of these two truths: Nothing can separate us from our salvation, and nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter what comes next, no matter how well or how badly it goes, if we are in Christ, then we are in Christ – period.

We are not without hope.

Blessings,

Pastor John

Virtual Worship Program and Songs for Sunday May 17th: