Hebrews 10 begins, "the Law is only a foreshadowing of the good things that are coming, not the realities themselves."
I like that - "the good things that are coming." No guilt, no sin, and God's law written on our hearts and minds. Forgiveness and life everlasting. With what's at stake, NO WONDER the author of Hebrews admonishes,
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the day approaching."
"Hold unswervingly. Spur one another on. Let us not give up, but let us encourage one another." It sounds like a determined cavalry charge. Cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them, cannon in the front of them, glory and thunder, into the Valley of Death rode the 600, Forward the Light Brigade! And indeed we would be marching as fodder into the world's heavy artillery, were it not for the White Rider (and I'm not talking about Gandalf!) leading us. There's sister Becky to the left of me, brother Tim to the right, and the rest of God's army all around me, and together we spur and encourage, not swerving away from death's cannon blast......and unlike Tennyson's gallant but ill-fated Crimean War cavalry charge, the Gates of Hell will not prevail against us, because we are led by the One who has been to hell and back, kicking butt and taking names, the White Rider of Revelation 19, Faithful and True. And someday, He will ride for the final time with the host of heaven behind Him. I hope I'm there to see it. I hope I'm there to ride!