For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 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. (Hebrews 7:18-19)
The Better Hope
The book of Hebrews could be called the book of Christians. A central theme of the book is the hope found in Christ. Facing persecution, many of the Hebrew Christians were in danger of giving up their allegiance to Christ. Throughout the book, the writer shows how the blessings of Christ far outweigh the hindrances of the Law of Moses. There is a better priesthood, better cleansing, better promises and very important – a better hope. If there is one thing the child of God should never lose it is their hope in the eternal reward of heaven. Hope is the engine of our faith. With little or no hope life is without purpose. Those who live without hope live miserable lives. Filling life with an eternal hope changes every part of a person’s outlook because they live with an eternal uplook.
Hope is used throughout the book of Hebrews. While the writer is encouraging the fellow saints of his day, we should not miss the point of our need to rest our hope on God. It is easy to get discouraged. We can become fainthearted, lacking the strong faith to endure trials. If our service to God becomes a ritualistic activity of checklist religion, our hope will diminish to trusting in our works instead of the grace of God. The better hope is because God does not lie. There has been a greater sacrifice through the blood of Jesus Christ. He has given us the eternal hope of glory through the offering of the Son of God as the one and only sacrifice for all men. Hope is real and active. Facing temptations, we have a Savior who sympathizes with our trials. He has been man on earth. He knows the seriousness of temptation. The Lord intercedes for us and gives us true hope because we know we can overcome.
The listing of the faithful in Hebrews gives us hope. A better hope is found when we read the stories of Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses and all those faithful in days gone by who received the promises of God in faith. Noah had never seen a flood like the one promised by God but he lived in hope because he knew the Lord was faithful. Abram never saw the land fulfillment as promised by His God but he walked every day with the many altars of hope he burned in praise to His God. Moses endured the trials of a rebellious nation knowing he would never enter the promised land on earth. He lived every part of his life looking for the hope of an eternal promised land. You could read about David and find hope. In an amazing turn of events, Samson is listed in the faithful and that should give all of us true hope.
Hebrews is a message for all the children of God. Every Christian should read Hebrews constantly to light the fire of hope within their hearts. God does not lie. His promises are like an anchor; sure and steadfast. Hope is not a dim suggestion of possibilities. The kind of hope we have in Christ is real, true, faithful and coming. Thank God for hope.
Years ago, a hydroelectric dam was to be built across a valley in Maine. The people in the town were to be relocated, and the town would be submerged. During the interim time between making the final decision and actually evacuating the people, the town, which had once been well-kept, fell into disrepair. The townspeople saw no reason for maintain their town. One resident said, “Where there is no faith in the future, there is no work in the present.” We must have some hope for the future. With Jesus Christ, we can.” (Bits & Pieces, Feb. 6, 1992, p.15)