April 22
‘Now, Lord, (…) enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ Acts 4:29,30
Bible reading: Hebrews 2:1-4 (Go to the Bible passage)
The essence of the letter to the Hebrews is conveyed clearly, I feel, in Hebrews 7:19: ‘For the law made nothing perfect, and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.’
Why is it that we do not realize anymore, that he, who is least in the kingdom of God, is greater than the greatest one in the old covenant (Matthew 11:11)? Are we so estranged from the word of God? Have we drifted away, as the writer of this letter puts it? I believe it is true! But let us then return to the sound words of scripture, and pay the most careful attention to what is entrusted to us. Because, if in the old covenant every violation and disobedience received such severe punishment, how will we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? It is such a great calling, with which God has called us, to live in this world for the people around us in the Spirit of Jesus Christ!
Time and again, I make the startling discovery that the world around us has come to look upon Christianity as extremely questionable. But how happy I am when I notice that these very people hunger for a true revelation of God. Yes, truly, the whole creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. And the children of God have been there, throughout the ages. But where are they now, in these hard times?
Let us not start searching around us, but simply say: ‘Lord, here am I! I will not ignore all I have seen and heard from You, and I want to be trustworthy in spreading Your word to the world around me, so that at last You can confirm this word again!’
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