Into the Woods or Into the Hope? (Life Journal – 7/6/2015)

Scripture

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”[a] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. (Hebrews 3:1-6)

Observation

  • Analogy: builder of a house is more worthy of honor than the house itself
  • “We” are Christ’s house (and ought to honor him as the builder
  • The test of whether we are God’s house is whether we remain confident and  in hope

Application

Yesterday I saw my daughter in a local production of “Into the Woods.” She was wonderful by the way. Not to spoil the story if you don’t know it, but the wishes and dreams that come true in the first half of the show come undone in the second. And there is much loss and grief. None of the characters escape unscathed. Even the narrator is killed in the second half.

We live in an age when we no longer believe that things will work out… that the best can happen. Some of it is because we live in a time of disappointment. And failed promises. Our culture and our entertainment reflect that.

Today I attended a funeral – a celebration of the life of the father of a colleague and friend.  It was filled with hope, with love, with rejoicing. And that in the face of death.

I was reminded today during this funeral that we want to be people who cling to hope, who put our trust in a God who builds everything. In God who can work things out… who can heal hurts… who can give us hope that can endure incredible tragedy… a God who triumphed over death and promises life.

Prayer

Lord, you are the builder of all. May we dwell in your house. A house where things may not always be what we hoped or dreamt. But a house that will endure. A hope that will be fulfilled. May we not give into the reality in which we live, even that of death. May we live in that house, live in that hope, live in you and in your Son. Amen.

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