I've talked before about how the temple was just a representation of heavenly things. Well, really, the author of Hebrews talked about it and I decided to talk about him talking about it. Talk-ception, if you will. But today I was just struck by what it means that Jesus went to heaven after his death and resurrection.
I never really let that strike me as odd. He was God's Son, so of course he went to heaven. But it's what he's doing in heaven that astonishes me.
He's acting as our priest. The highest priest.
Our God is a forgetful God.
I'll say it again: our God is a forgetful God. What's more, this is a good thing. The best thing.
Now, let me explain before you grab the torches. I'll let Scripture do most of the talking, because sometimes it's just easier that way. Sometimes it's just better for me to get out of the way and let the Bible teach itself. But I want to drive this point home: God is forgetful.
It might not seem like it, but there is a lot of grace in Lent. When we commit to 40 days of writing and reflecting on Scripture, for instance, and then life happens. You see, these 40 day fasts start out as trying to focus on Jesus, and bringing our lives back to what matters. And then they become something we have to do. And then we fail at them.
Or at least I do.
Almost every time I commit to something like this, either a devotion every day or something similar, I end up caving in eventually. This year, it took the form of being late with my posts. Like how my day 31 reflection is being posted closer to day 40. But there is still grace here.
There is something to be said about having stability. Nothing much is certain in life. What's the old joke? Nothing is for sure except death and taxes. The world around us seems like it's going to last. Our job, our families, our posessions: for most of us, we don't think about possibly losing these things. But when you think about it, life can change faster than you can snap your fingers.
Perhaps it's not that drastic for you. Maybe it's just that your life is in a season of change. Take, for instance, my wife and I right now. We are getting ready to graduate college in less than six weeks. We're looking for a Call to a church, which could take us anywhere in the country. We're trying to figure out what we're doing in a lot of areas of our lives. We're in a constant state of flux, and it's not really a fun place to be.
I didn't have a lot of favorite movies as a kid. I wasn't one to pic "favorites" when it came to movies or books, I just enjoyed the ones I did, and didn't enjoy the ones I didn't. I'm kind of the same way now. But I certainly had (have) films and books that I come back to a lot; ones that I enjoy over and over again. One of those, when I was younger, was the 1993 version of The Three Musketeers.
Maybe it was the sword fights, or the cheeky humor, or the idea of belonging to a group that looked out for each other, but I loved that movie. So what does that have to do with the book of Hebrews? Well of course, it's the musketeer motto.