Hebrews 3: Hold On!

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!

Whether you respond here or not, ask yourself: who is that one friend you need to hang on to on this ride?

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5 thoughts on “Hebrews 3: Hold On!

  1. Georgia Stafford

    I’ll never view a roller coaster ride the same way again! Not only will I see an “instrument of terror” but a reminder of faithful friends I cling to as I ride through this adventure called life. By the way, Jason, you really need to try the “Incredible Hulk” roller coaster at Universal Studios. It’s awesome!!! 🙂

    • I’ll be sure to put it on my bucket list . . . right behind swim with sharks, run with bulls, and wrestle a bear. : )

  2. v3- Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses.

    I still thinking why Bible must always make a comparison between Jesus and other human (Moses) if he is God. Even you have been explaining about a complexity of Trinity. I still can not get why Bible make it exclusive, and try to make it comparable to human being. It make me really confuse.

    Number 23:19 – God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
    If God is not a man, why in first place need to compare between man.

    • Remember the context of Hebrews. This book really accentuates the comparisons, but not all New Testament letters do. In the Hebrew church there were former Jews who were considering rejecting Jesus and returning to Judaism. So the author has to play up the comparisons, especially with anything related to the Jewish religion, like Moses from whom the Jewish Law came.

      More broadly, you will often find Christians comparing Jesus to someone or something. There are several reasons for that, but the most practical reason is simply that Jesus came to this earth as a man, so he naturally is being compared to other religious options. Because other people compare him, Christians have to answer with comparisons.

  3. An old familiar verse, recast in new language – nothing better:
    “For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul.”

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