Live In Hope
Hebrews 6:18-20, 7:15-28
Do you Live In Hope. We may take it for granted that many people live in hope. Christians can repeat the words of the hymn, “My hope is build on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. My what a basis for one to live in hope. The text makes this truth even more understandable, as we gain additional information sharing with us how Christ provides hope for us.
1. The . . Anchor for Us To Live In Hope. 6:18-20
A. The . . Unchangeable Anchor. 6:18-19
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
B. The . . Unending Anchor. 6:20
20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Illustration Trust, In God:
Gladys Aylward, missionary to China more than fifty years ago, was forced to flee when the Japanese invaded Yangcheng. But she could not leave her work behind. With only one assistant, she led more than a hundred orphans over the mountains toward Free China. In their book "The Hidden Price of Greatness," Ray Besson and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker tell what happened:
During Gladys's harrowing journey out of war-torn Yangcheng ... she grappled with despair as never before. After passing a sleepless night, she faced the morning with no hope of reaching safety. A 13-year-old girl in the group reminded her of their much-loved story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. "But I am not Moses," Gladys cried in desperation. "Of course you aren't," the girl said, "but Jehovah is still God!"
When Gladys and the orphans made it through, they proved once again that no matter how inadequate we feel, God is still God, and we can trust in him.
We have an anchor that keeps the soul, and it is an unchangeable, and unending anchor. Why is it unchangeable? Because God promised to give us eternal life, and to keep us from falling, and He cannot lie. Because the above is true, we may also proclaim our anchor last forever as an unending anchor.
I really like the song The Anchor Holds, and the last part of the course says. “I have fallen on my knees As I
faced the raging seas The anchor holds In spite of the storm. Baptist do not believe salvation depends on us
holding on to the anchor but the anchor holding on to us. We live in hope depending on our anchor.
When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil
WE HAVE HOPE!
2. The . . Assurance for Us To Live In Hope. 7:15-22
A. The Assurance Based On The . . Priest
of Our Assurance. 7:15-17
15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."
1. Priest do not come from the tribe of Judah, so Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek
B. The Assurance Based On The . . Perfection
of Our Assurance. 7:18-20
18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. 20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath
C. The Assurance Based On The . . Person
of Our Assurance. 7:21-22
21(for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent,'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek'"), 22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
Illustration Famous Atheist
A little over a month before he died, the famous atheist Jean-Paul Sartre declared that he so strongly resisted feelings of despair that he would say to himself, “I know I shall die in hope.” Then in profound sadness, he would add, “But hope needs a foundation.” Our Daily Bread, April 17, 1995
I trust that I possess a peaceful assurance because of the priest who offers it. The Jewish priest had to come from the tribe of Levi, but the Christian’s priest comes after the order of Melchizedek. What a significant truth that Jesus priesthood stands on His righteous life and not just because He came from a particular tribe. The law could not make anyone perfect, but Christ makes all of His children perfect. In the Christian life we must remember we have a position in Christ, and in that position we enjoy perfection through what Jesus did and, does. The hope we have assurance because He makes us perfect. I don’t think anyone doubts who I am talking about but just in case I have not said it enough the person of my assurance is Jesus.
His oath, His covenant His blood,
support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay
WE HAVE HOPE!
3. The . . Arrangement for Us To Live In Hope.7:23-28
A. The Arrangement for One . . Able
To Let Us Live In Hope. 7:23-25
23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
B. The Arrangement for One . . Acceptable
To Let Us Live In Hope. 7:26-27
26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
C. The Arrangement for One . . Appointed
To Let Us Live In Hope. 7:28
28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever. NKJV
Illustration Christ the Sin-Bearer
An old servant was once carrying a large bough of a tree to have it cut into pieces to make a fire. A little boy, one of the family, seeing the end of it dragging along the ground and making it very heavy, came and took hold of the end, and the burden grew light. Then said the servant, "Ah! Master Frank, I wish you could take hold of one end of the greater burden that I have to carry; I have a burden of sin; the more I drag it about, the heavier it becomes. I wish Jesus Christ would take hold of one end of it." The little boy said, "My mother told me, yesterday, that Jesus Christ carries all our sins; therefore, you do not want Jesus Christ to drag one end of it; he will take the whole of it." The poor woman, who had been long seeking rest, found it by that remark of the child. Yes, Jesus does take your sins. If you trust Christ, this is the evidence that all your sins are laid on him.
Levitical priest die, and must be replaced. Some were
better than others. Jesus is able to be our priest, and provide our hope because He remains our priest forever. He will never be replaced! Jesus is acceptable to the Father because of His sinless life. To make an offering for sin the levitical priest must first offer for his own sin. Jesus never made a sacrifice for His own sin because He never sinned. Therefore God appointed His to be our priest. The law appoints priest with weaknesses, our hope is
base in strength because Jesus received the appointment as our priest. Because of what God did, and does through Christ we receive the assurance we definitely Live In Hope.
Conclusion My Father's Will
A devout old man was one day walking to the sanctuary with a New Testament in his hand, when a friend met him, and said, "Good morning, Mr. Price." "Good morning," replied he; "I am reading my Father's will as I walk along." "Well, and what has he left you?" said his friend.
"Why, He has bequeathed to me a hundredfold more in this life, and in the world to come—life everlasting!" This beautiful reply was the means of comforting his Christian friend, who was at that time in sorrowful circumstances. (Matt 19:29)
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand