Faith and Assurance of Victory
Hebrews 5:1-10; Psalm 110; Mark 2:18-22
Jesus was regarded as a high priest by many of his followers. He didn’t declare this Himself but rightfully earned this by humbly teaching others about God through His loving ways. He wasn’t preachy nor shamed people in public. His approach was gentle and yet effective. He didn’t have to show off to anybody to attract them to Him. Even as we regarded him as a high priest, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears. He went through everything that we went through and worse. In was in His suffering that He learned most about obedience to God.
It’s easy to say that you are a faithful Christian, but the real test is in how well you face your struggles. It is there where you will realize how faithful you are. If one wishes to walk in Jesus’ footsteps and be a real Christian, one has to be prepared to take on the challenges in his life with hope and in total faith, knowing that good things may come out in the end.
Psalm 110 reminds us that God does not change His mind on His decisions. Once He decides on something, it is written in stone. According to the Psalm, Jesus has been assured of victory against the evil one. It is thus wise to call on Jesus for help, especially at times when we feel desperate and lost.
The gospel of Mark reminds us that Christianity is not about religious rituals, customs and traditions. People were so caught up with the Moses Laws, customs and traditions, that they were blinded by these and were unable to hear the new message of salvation by Jesus, nor follow His path that leads to a life of joy and gladness.
It is not important if we are Protestant or Catholic. Important thing is for you to have an intimate relationship with the Lord, and be able to hear his messages and be able to relate to Him.
We still live in the same state of joy because of the bridegroom, through the Holy Spirit, continues to dwell in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is there to help and guide us.