This is the third article in a series on the statements in Hebrews which begin with the words, “Let us.” Each of these are biblical admonitions for mutual pursuits. As fellow believers we are to join together in pursuing the particular aspect of each phrase. If you want to catch up, here are the first 2 articles:
1. Let Us Fear
This third article or head of “let us” in the garden is “Let Us Hold Fast.” It is taken from the following passage of Scripture:
Let us hold fast our confession.
It is sad when a person who has claimed Christ turns from that confession. Often the reasons cited for this turning have to do with individual or gatherings of those who claim to be Christian. The writer of Hebrews tells us that our reason to hold fast to this confession is not people, but Christ. He is our GREAT high priest. He is not just good, he is great. As our high priest he grants us access into the presence of God. The God who is holy and without a priest like Jesus, we are alienated from him.
We are to hold fast. That is hold on with a firm grip. One might hold on to a rope with fingers loosely around the rope if we are merely holding something in place. But put that rope at the top of a cliff, we would hold on for dear life until our hands ached. Still we would not let go. In the same manner, we are to hold to our confession of Christ.
When Jesus asked the disciples who they said he was, Peter declared, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” He declared that there was no where else to go except after Christ. May it be so for you and me.