a quick note
In Hebrews 3 we get to see the writer fight to remind the reader of the One in whom they have trusted. He uses Psalm 95, a history of the Israelite nation in their Exodus (freedom) from Egypt. The Exodus from Egypt is a shadow of/an example/a visual of what the Lord is doing/has done/does that is beyond what our eyes can see. Jesus IS the Promised Land – our Exodus from sin. He heard our cry of sin’s oppression before we could even speak and saved us.
We know that we are saved by faith through grace, but we tend to shelve a portion of salvation to be realized upon our entrance into heaven – like we’ve been thrown a life-line that keeps us from drowning – but we’re still in the water. We look longingly toward heaven, but have yet to realize the abundance of complete and total salvation – TODAY. What if in the movie Tangled Rapunzel discovers the truth that she is the daughter of the King, accepts the birthright but never enters the castle. She just stays in a boat on the water outside of the city, waiting for the day instead of experiencing flourishing abundance TODAY.
What if God’s gift reaches far beyond the boundaries of heaven, to us today. He IS the gift – given to us through the Holy Spirit – at Pentecost, still active now. Extreme intimacy like never before & never again after – God in us.
audio of our Hebrews 3 discussion: