Has anyone noticed, lately, the headlines? I suppose the answer to that question is clearly, “Yes.” And, also, I suppose that our time is not unique in having its share of troubling headlines. We live in a fallen world, and we are faced with the same troubles as everyone else. Here’s the thing, though, we read God’s Word and it’s like slipping out of the storm into calm: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son . . .” (1:1,2). This Jesus has come “that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (2:15,16).
What encouragement we have! “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (4:14-16). I hope, today, you will spend a bit of time in your Bible and, through our Savior, draw near to the throne of grace.
The law by Moses came,
But peace, and truth, and love,
Were brought by Christ, a nobler name,
Descending from above.
Amidst the house of God
Their diff’rent works were done;
Moses a faithful servant stood,
But Christ a faithful Son. –Isaac Watts (18th century)