Thursday, June 15, 2017
And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ. Hebrews 3:1-6(NLT)
To have someone say to you think carefully is something of a warning or alert to give close attention to what can happen if you pull the trigger on what you’re about to do. The Army sergeant who was trying to teach raw recruits, me included, just how carefully we must think ahead and respect the hand grenades he had just placed in our hands wasn’t kidding…he was, as they say, deadly serious!
Paul asked the Hebrew children of Israel in his open letter to think just that carefully about the Jewish teacher Who wouldn’t stay in the grave on the third day. They had long expected God to send the Messiah, the Christ, the One who was anointed to bring in a new Kingdom. God had kept His end of the bargain; now it was time for God’s people to respond with confidence, and proclaim that message to the rest of the world.
Now that sounds like a simple transaction – God promises, acts, and we just believe. But, think carefully; think long and hard; think it through. A kingdom has a king, and that means there is only one ruler, and His ways of doing things are not up for amending like a constitution and by-laws. A king who is sovereign rules without needing to ask for advice. And what the king says is what happens!
And that is especially-so in the Kingdom of God!
It is wonderful to think of the joy of being loved, forgiven and saved by our Messiah, Jesus Christ. With that amazing reality of God’s grace comes an eternal understanding that faithfulness to the One who is sovereign is what we are choosing.
It means we must think carefully!