Thoughts on Hebrews 10:19-25
by Jacob Juncker
We are in the fifth week of Lent. As one of my Lenten promises/fasts I gave up all drinks except water, tea and milk. I’ve been without a Pepsi for nearly five weeks. Easter is just two weeks away, and I can’t wait to experience the joy of a Pepsi on Easter morning (probably four Pepsis, one for each of the four services that morning: the caffeine boost will be much needed).
Did you give anything up for Lent? What was your Lenten promise? Have you held true to it?
There have been times when I have slipped up and not remained faithful to the fast I began on Ash Wednesday, but the freedom I will have on Easter day to drink a Pepsi is one I am expectantly looking forward to.
Yet, there is so much more to Easter.
For the early church, Easter was more than a breaking of a fast. Easter was a day in which the faithful dreamed of and hoped for the resurrection (c.f. 1 Corinthians 15).
Hebrews 10:19-25 is a reminder for us not to lose this hope: that Christ was raised from the dead. This passage reminds us not to lose hope that one day we too will be resurrected to live a life into eternity with God.
Therefore, let us not waiver, but stand firm in the hope we have received. “Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day [of Christ’s return] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
These last few weeks of Lent, hold true to the promise/fast you have made to God this Lent. Do not give up. Attend an adult class or Bible Study. Come faithfully to worship. Participate in Holy Week activities and worship events (March 28-April 4). Do not neglect “coming to meet together.”
“For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet ‘in a little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay; but my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.’ But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved” (Hebrews 10:36-39).
Therefore my friends, “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith [and promises to God], be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
I pray God’s peace on your journey this week! Two more weeks till Easter!