Friday, February 24, 2017

A Better Hope (Hebrews 7:19)

Today’s scripture: Hebrews 7:19

In the Old Testament, God’s children, the Israelites, knew to follow the law as it had been given to Moses. But even they knew that the law didn’t make them righteous in God’s eyes. There was still the need of atonement through sacrifice.

The New Testament gave both Jews—the Israelites—and Gentiles—non-Jews—a new hope, a better hope: the hope of salvation that comes through knowing Jesus.

In the Old Testament, only the High Priest had access to the presence of God.

In the New Testament, each of us who knows Jesus has direct access to God. We can draw near to Him through His word and through prayer.

We don’t have to go to anyone else. We don’t have to pray through anyone else. We can go directly into His presence.

It’s true! You—yes, you—can talk to God at any time. You can draw near to Him each and every day.

That’s the better hope!

Go to God now. Thank Him that you can enter into His presence. Thank Him for the better hope in knowing Jesus and drawing near to the Father.

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