Hold On To Hope

By Jim Kirchner

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” – Hebrews 6:18-20

As a boy, I had many summer jobs. One of these jobs was to cut the grass of my grandparents’ home as they traveled. The home was situated on the shores of Lake Michigan with a large yard about 30 feet up a steep bank that seemed more like a cliff to me. This job required that I do battle with “the Monster”, a huge, powerful, self-propelled lawn mower that had the ability to drag me along if I wasn’t on my guard.

The Monster was the root of my biggest fear of cutting my grandparents’ grass. But it wasn’t my only fear. A tree sat on the cliff corner of their property, just far enough away from the cliff that the Monster could squeeze past. Sure enough, one time while cutting too close to the tree, the mower bumped the trunk and turned towards the cliff. The Monster sat there eating through the yard hanging halfway over the edge of the cliff while I hung on with all the might of a 10-year-old calling out for my dad to come help me.  

Just when I thought I couldn’t hang on any longer, he came to the rescue.

The Hebrews passage above states “we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” A good translation of the original language of “take hold of” would be hanging on until our knuckles change color. The passage goes on that we have this hope “firm” and “secure” in the Lord Jesus Christ who went before us.

Praise God for the Easter reminder that we have a living Savior who we can put all our hope and trust in. We may not understand all His ways and dealings with us or others, but in this life, we can hang on to the hope found in Him and Him alone. And, because He rose from the grave defeating sin and death we also have the blessed hope of the resurrection of our lives into eternal life with Him!

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