I am not much for roller coasters, so when I muster up the bravery to ride one I remember it. One time as my wife and I stood in a long line to ride some instrument of terror that she would have chosen not me, there were these two tween girls behind us. They talked non-stop and laughed nervously the whole time we waited to board. They stated several times they weren’t sure they could handle the ride. They were afraid they would be thrown off or some other horrible fate they were more than glad to describe. When we got to the front of the line and boarded, I looked back to see the two sitting side by side, close together, arms interlocked with a death grip on the bar in front of them.
Not a bad idea if you ask me!
Much of Hebrews is a detailed sermon about the superiority of Jesus over all things, especially the Jewish religion from which the Hebrew Christians had come. Interspersed throughout the teaching sections are several pastoral sections of encouragement in which the author pleads with the Hebrews not to give up on Jesus. Today’s section is largely one of those.
The Hebrews author is very clear:
We share the life of the Messiah, you see, only if we keep a firm, tight grip on our original confidence, right through to the end. (3:14)
There is no getting off halfway through the ride. This is no leisurely no-hands bike ride down a peaceful street. Hold on tight! We will have some bumps and quick turns.
Because of that, the author makes a suggestion: hold on to each other.
Encourage one another, as long as it’s called “Today” (3:13)
We aren’t in this alone. Lash yourself to a friend. Tell each other you can do it. Then hold on tight for the ride of your life!