By Thomas Anderson, Pastor of Grace Men’s Ministry
I know being quarantined is impacting everyone in different ways. Uncertainty has a way of disrupting everything, in particular by drawing our eyes away from God’s kingdom. Instead, it can tempt us to rebuild our own little kingdoms; a sort of self-preservation that focuses our attention and efforts on accumulating more or protecting what we already have.
I think we would agree that stewarding our finances and preparing for the fallout is wise. However, it can be dangerous to lose sight of the imperishable treasures that we have in Christ. We have a Helper in the Holy Spirit. We have a living hope because of the Great Mercy of the Father and we have a high priest in Jesus who has suffered in our place.
1. Our Helper (John 14:16-17)
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he promised another helper would come. He kept his promise, and the Holy Spirit has come to awaken us to our sin, give us faith to believe, make us new, and guide us into all truth (16:13). In other words, we do not have to lean on worldly wisdom because we have a helper in the Holy Spirit illuminating our hearts and minds to the beautiful truths of God’s word.
2. Our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)
We also have a High Priest. While everyone is waiting for help (stimulus package, debt relief, medical care, etc.), we can rejoice in knowing that help has arrived. Jesus is our high priest and we can go before his throne of grace at any time to plea for help. Here we are promised:
- A holy and compassionate High Priest who can sympathize with our weakness because he was tempted in every respect but did not sin
- Instead of the wrath of God for our sin, we will receive mercy because of the faith we were given in Jesus.
- A sufficient supply of God’s sweet grace to help in time of need.
3. Our Living Hope (1 Peter 1:3-9)
Finally, we have a living hope. In times of crisis, our words often reveal where our hope lies. Thoughts like: “Don’t worry, this will only make us stronger;” or “This is only temporary, with hard work, we will get back what was lost” can expose where we put our trust. For the Christian, Peter reminds us that we have something far more superior to put our trust in:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Any hope that rests in our efforts always fades away, but the work Christ accomplished on our behalf will never fade. Because Jesus is alive and we have been made alive in Him, we have a living hope. In other words, we not only get the privilege of expecting Him to work for our good but we can rest assured that our imperishable inheritance of a new heaven, new earth, and the ability to see God face-to-face is secure.
I hope these beautiful truths bring you peace in the uncertainty. I will continue to pray that our thoughts will not be so consumed by our current circumstances that we lose sight of what we have in Christ and future glory that awaits us.