We know that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s all part of the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). We need all of it. But isn’t it true that at certain times in our lives certain parts of Scripture seem to speak so directly to our circumstances that the breath of God’s Word feels like a mighty wind? The Word doesn’t just speak to us in those moments; it feels like it thunders! And the living and active Sword of the Spirit seems to pierce even more deeply.
That’s how I feel about Hebrews 12 right now for myself personally and for our church family as a whole. In so many ways this chapter with its 29 verses speaks to where we find ourselves. We’re facing disorienting challenges. Many of us feel weary and discouraged. Hebrews 12 calls Christians to endurance and faith. It speaks to God’s purpose in painful circumstances. It addresses the temptations we face in times of difficulty. And most importantly it holds forth Jesus. Hebrews 12 calls us to fix our eyes on him and to remember the unshakeable nature of his kingdom.
So Lord willing, for the next five weeks, I’m going to preach Hebrews 12 to you, and to me. And I’m asking the Lord to send his Holy Spirit and do something deep and powerful and lasting in our hearts through his living Word.