Ezekiel 23:1-49; Hebrews 10:18-39; Psalm 109:1-31; Proverbs 27:13
“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope
for he who promised is faithful.”
In the movie Twelve Years A Slave, Solomon Northup, a black man born and living free in upstate New York, is kidnapped, given a new name and sold into slavery in Louisiana. For twelve years Solomon knew in his heart and his mind that he was a free man–even the horrors of life as a slave could not erase that.
He had hope. He clung to it. He acted on it. He told his story. And eventually Solomon was set free.
Hope. It kept him alive.
Hope. It led to his freedom.
Hope. That’s what we have as followers of Christ.
Because of what Christ did for us on the cross–shed his blood as payment for our sins–we have hope of eternal life–freedom from sin, death and the devil!
Like Solomon Northup, we experience the shackles, trials and tribulations of life. And we have hope of the ‘forever freedom’ from sin, pain and sorrow that lies ahead for all who believe.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
No merit of my own I claim but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.”
~ Edward Mote
Lord God, because of Jesus we have hope. Because of Jesus our sins are forgiven and our evil consciences are made clear. Through the Water and the Word in Baptism, You have washed us clean and filled our hearts with faith. For all of this we are forever grateful. Forgive us for taking this great gift lightly or for granted. May we live this day in utter awe of the great freedom you won for us on Calvary’s Cross. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.