August 31st – the Summit of all History



We have been looking at the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, and suggesting a simplified outline to help us not to get lost, for he paints on a vast canvas.The writer sees history not as a line escalating ever upwards – as if the human race were always making progress (a fable which so many modern folk apparently still believe). Nor is history seen as circular, as a kind of complicated not-so-merry-go-round, in which the different ages keep slowly recurring. The Letter to the Hebrews sees history as the outline of an incomplete triangle: the apex being the person and work of Jesus Christ: all that came before, looks up and forward to him: all that came and comes after him looks upwards and backwards to him.
He is the summit of all history. His shadow is cast on both ancient and modern ages, and to this day he is the point of all history – its peak – the person whose life alone makes sense of all human striving after reality. Instead of us struggling upwards to God, he comes down to us, where we are, and the point of that perfect invasion is Jesus of Nazareth.
So the first ten chapters of Hebrews are, in essence, the four sermons we’ve been glancing at briefly, each answering the questions men are ever asking when they leave God out of their reckoning, such as who am I? , what is a human being – an animal with delusions of grandeur, or a being just a little lower than the angels? If you want to see a man …. then see Jesus (see Hebrews 2: 8 and 9).
The other questions, “Where are we all heading? Whom can we trust? Can we be sure of anything?” are all dealt with in such a way that each answer provides threads out of which, when woven together, produce a wondrous living, breathing, material called FAITH.
That relationship is the subject of the rest of the letter to the Hebrews.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:1-3
Ponder point:
“By faith we understand ……” without faith we understand nothing in all the universe.
A Prayer:
Lord we believe in thee, help thou our unbelief.
Lord we love thee, yet not with perfect hearts.
Lord we long for thee, yet not with all our strength.
Lord we trust in thee, yet not with our whole selves.
Accept our faith, our longing and our love, and make them perfect, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Now read the great Habakkuk 1:1 to 2:4.

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