God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so humans could live the best life possible and experience heaven after that.
The author of Hebrews asks a penetrating question: “How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2.3).
Unfortunately, a large portion of humanity is like an orphan child who was building a sandcastle in the shadow of a magnificent castle.
The king from the castle came to the child and said, “Would you like to see a real castle and enjoy all of the benefits of being one of my children?”
The child turned back to the sandcastle, ignoring the king as being irrelevant and untrustworthy.
How can humans escape when they prefer the sandcastles of this age instead of becoming family members of the King of all kings?
In addition to the exalted Son of God’s proclamation of the message of salvation, every generation has a witness that is confirmed by the Holy Spirit.
The great salvation “was declared at first through the Lord, and it was confirmed for us by those who heard him,
“While God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will” (Hebrews 2.3b-4).
Imagine this conversation between a friend and the orphan child. They are standing beside the sandcastle.
Orphan: Where have you been? I thought you wanted to build the sandcastle with me.
Friend: (Pointing to the glorious castle near the beach.) I’ve been over there. You can’t believe it. That’s the greatest place I’ve ever seen.
Orphan: Yeah, some old man told me that I could go over there and even become one of his children.
Friend: What he said is true. His place is great and he is the kindest and most loving person I’ve ever met.
Even though the orphan didn’t pay attention to the king, the influence of his friend couldn’t be dismissed.
In every generation, God has used friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors to invite people to pay attention to the King and his kingdom.
This was Jesus’ final message to his first followers.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1.8).
Like the child who has become friends with the king, we have the joy to tell others about the ultimate King of All.
Signs, Wonders, and the Holy Spirit
Humans may not pay attention to words, but they will take notice of signs and wonders. Moses described the signs and wonders that took place in the Exodus.
“Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by terrifying displays of power, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?” (Deuteronomy 4:34).
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter emphasized signs and wonders when he called upon the crowd to listen to his words.
“Fellow Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know (Acts 2:22).
Paul knew that signs and wonders gave authority to his message about Jesus.
[It was] “by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:19).
The fact that God has gone to such lengths to give us the best life possible should not be neglected.
There is a King with a kingdom and we are invited to join his team. Let’s not neglect this great gift.
As we experience God’s love, let’s share it, asking the Holy Spirit to fully confirm the message.
Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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