A Place of Security
It has been quite a week in the Evansville area. As many of us look at the paper, the news, or even in our own backyards, we see the flooding that continues to devastate our communities. In fact, even as I write this, there is the threat of continued rain and rising waters. If the flooding weren’t enough, we seem to have continual tornado watches and warnings.
A few evenings ago, when a particular storm was approaching, the news had strongly encouraged residents to find shelter for fear of a tornado that could develop. A place of shelter for our family, and our neighbor’s family, this particular evening was in the basement of our home. In fact, when the storm had arrived and the winds began to grow very strong, our power was knocked out and it seemed like the roof of our house was about to come off. We all went to the basement and almost immediately the tension dropped and we were calm and having normal conversation. In the basement of our home you cannot hear what is going on outside. In fact, you almost forget there is even a storm going on outside.
As I was reading the Bible this morning I came across these verses from the book of Hebrews.
“So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizidek (Hebrews 6:18-20).”
These verses reminded me this morning of the refuge I have in Jesus amidst the storm. These verses reminded me of hope that I have because of Jesus. Now, I am not just talking about a thunderstorm outside. What do we need hope from?
First, we need to recognize the storm. By this I am referring to my rebellion against a holy and righteous God. The Creator of the universe, and you and me, has every right and a responsibility to respond justly to my sin in judgment. This is the storm I refer to symbolically.
Second, we need to face the storm or seek refuge from it. The writer of Hebrews says we can flee for refuge “safety” if we hold fast “a strong grip” to the hope set before us (v 18). What is this hope? This hope is not a “what” but a “who.” Our hope is Jesus. Now Jesus doesn’t find me a shelter or a basement and hide down there with me! No, Jesus knows that the storm is coming because I have chosen to go my own way and not follow God’s ways. Jesus knows that the storm cannot be avoided. However, Jesus says He will go through the storm for me. I get safety because Jesus willing takes destruction. Jesus takes the cross and all the just wrath from the Father in my place.
Now the readers of this book would have understood the role of the high priest in the days of Israel. His role would have been to go before God in the Holiest of Holies. The priest would have represented the people before God. The priest would have sacrificed an offering for his sins and then for the sins of the people. The priests would continually do this year after year. Now the writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is our High Priest who goes behind the curtain and offers Himself as the sacrifice and no other sacrifice is necessary (vv 19-20).
In Jesus (His life, death, and resurrection) the storm has been dealt with. No, the air current didn’t move and the storm avoided, but Jesus our Savior and God took the storm for us. Now I have peace. I, like in the bottom of my basement, am not worried about the Day of Judgment and the storm that used to wage in my mind and heart. I have peace knowing the Lion has fought the battle and is victorious. Do you? Do you have a place of security? Do you have a “Person” of Security? Are you trusting in Jesus?
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