Handling Adversity ~ DAY 17

The author of Hebrews has declared in chapter two why Jesus’ help is better than any other help.  He is fully God and He is fully human. Jesus alone carries this unique nature.  No one else in the universe does so.  It is because of who He is that Jesus is able to help us (2:18).  Hallelujah, He is able!  Christ’s ability, power, and resources go way beyond anyone or anything else.  “Now to Him by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).  As I have stated before, may we never underestimate our Jesus!  “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”  (Genesis 18:14)  “I am the LORD, the God of all humankind.  There is, indeed, nothing too difficult for me” (Jeremiah 32:27). 

It is then with God’s ability firmly established that the author moves into chapter three with only one command given in the first six verses.  “Take note of Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).  Once we are settled in our conviction about who Jesus is and who He is to us, it is absolutely necessary that we remain locked onto Him at all times.    Our focus upon Jesus will help sustain us through the days of adversity and hardship.  Other translations of Hebrews 3:1 say, “consider Jesus,” “fix your thoughts on Jesus,” “take a good hard look at Jesus.”  Really this is the call of the entire letter of Hebrews.  It’s a call to consider the glory and greatness of Jesus Christ.  When we see how great Jesus is, then we’ll follow Him through anything and everything until the end.  This was how the early church thrived and turned the world upside down.  It wasn’t because they didn’t face adversity, pressure, and persecution.  It was because they were convinced who Jesus was, and they kept their eyes on Him through it all!  This very truth is why Jesus said to His disciples, “I am the vine; and you are the branches.  The one who remains in me – and I in Him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing” (John 15:5).  Being fruitful as a follower of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with optimal conditions or circumstances, but only staying connected to Jesus.  Remain in Him!  Abide in Him!  Take note of Him today!