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"Hold on to Christ"

May 9, 2003

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Hebrews 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."

According to Old Testament law a man who had unintentionally killed someone could flee for safety to the temple in Jerusalem and hang on to the horns of the altar of burnt offering. These horns were actually projections resembling horns that were placed at the corners of the altar.

The horns of the altar, as well as the altar itself, were considered places of absolute safety. The person who grabbed the horns was appealing to the pardoning power and grace of God.

For New Testament Christians, the cross of Jesus Christ is our refuge. Because God sacrificed His Son on the altar of the cross, we are assured that all our sins are forgiven.

As we cling to Jesus in childlike faith, looking to Him as the beginner and fulfiller, the author and perfecter of our faith, no one can harm us. We are in absolute safety.

With Saint Paul we can confidently declare that "neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39). Our hold on Christ is firm.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust in You above everything and everybody else. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 2-5    John 1:1-28

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