It’s a sad but familiar story. Anyone living in the area knew exactly what would happen.
The day finally arrived when the bed sheets were pulled down from the windows to reveal the shiny new coffee machine and those sparkling smiles beckoning the world to come and try their new cafe. But after humouring them with a visit or two over the coming months, the locals gradually returned to their old haunts, leaving the once hopeful small business owner pouring over balance sheets and overdue bill notices instead of pouring freshly brewed coffee into beautiful takeaway cups.
It’s a heartbreaking thing to see a new business open in an area that has a track record of destroying dreams. The hopes and dreams of the entrepreneur can be as fickle as the fleeting whims and wishes of the people within them. Although risk is always involved when starting a business venture, when it comes to things of eternal worth our hope needs to be in something much more secure.
In the old system, a priest had to continuously offer sacrifices to provide a way for people to have relationship with God. But this hope would only last for as long as the priest was alive before the next in line continued the practice, and their consistent disobedience left a permanent rift in the relationship. The hope of eternal relationship with God became as fragile as their own broken humanity.
But God wanted to give us a better hope. Therefore He stepped in to initiate an agreement that relied on a single sacrifice made on our behalf, rather than our repeated and broken attempts to reach out to Him:
‘He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through [Jesus]. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf… Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day… But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins’ – Hebrews 7:25,27 (NLT)
Because Jesus lives forever, we can live confident, knowing that this one loving sacrifice gives us a better hope as we trust in Him:
‘Now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God’ (7:19)