Most people look forward to the new year because it presents (at least psychologically) the opportunity for a new beginning. The new year is a time for a fresh start ... a second chance ... a clean slate. Now, more than ever, in light of the events of 2020, the world is looking for a clean slate and a fresh start. But what if 2021 isn't a fresh start? What if 2021 is even WORSE than 2020? Then what?
That brings me to my question: How does 2021 look to you? What do you see in 2021?
The first two sentences of Hebrews 2:8 describe everything that I would like to see in 2021. They show us a world where everything is under the just rule of a righteous man. That ruler is Jesus, the Son of God and perfect Man. Imagine that! Imagine a world where everything is in subjection to the righteous rule of Jesus. It would be a world that was the complete opposite of the world we knew in 2020. Boy, wouldn't we like to see that!
Unfortunately, that world isn't here yet. It seems that Hebrews 2:8 gives us a brief glimpse of a wonderful world and then immediately snatches it from our sight. "... But now we see not yet ...." What a let down! The reality of 2020 is that instead of seeing a world ruled by Jesus, we see COVID-19; we see millions of people out of work; we see corrupt rulers; we see unrestrained wickedness; and the list goes on and on.
So what do you see for 2021? Will it be a better year than 2020? Will it be a fresh start or a clean slate?
As we leave Hebrews 2:8, we are left disappointed and disheartened. We can't see the world that we want to see. Instead, we can only see the world that is. Thank God that it doesn't end there! Our entrance into Hebrews 2:9 changes everything. True, we can't see the world that we want to see, but we can see the only thing that we need to see!
"But we see Jesus, ...."
I don't know what you see in 2021, but I know what I see. I see Jesus! I see Jesus, the One who willingly humbled Himself that He might do His Father's will in the midst of a world that hated Him (vs. 9a). I see Jesus, the One who, by God's grace, was faithful in His task even though it meant death (vs. 9b). I see Jesus, the One who ministered and suffered for the salvation of sinful, unworthy people like me (vs. 10). I see Jesus, the One who was not ashamed to be identified with flawed people like myself (vs. 11).
I see Jesus, the Captain of my Salvation (vs. 10)! Hallelujah!
I don't know what 2021 is looking like for you, but I know what I see. I see Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). As I face the uncertainty of the new year, that's all I need to see!
Written by Larry Quinlan