Our Only Enduring Hope

There is only one enduring hope for the world, only one hope that defies even the grave, and looks ahead to eternal life. That hope is the cross of Messiah. No matter how good anyone's intentions, no matter how much money is invested in cures, or how many barriers are erected to prevent pandemics in the future, the only way to do something about the state of the earth is to be a part of a radical, new way of living that originates with the cross of Messiah. It must be embraced today just as it was when the Savior himself preached the message that led him to the cross -- that is, obedience to his heavenly Father's word, motivated by love for the One who created him.

Those whose comfort in religious ceremonies has been taken away by the restrictions the virus has imposed on them, must no longer be stagnant in their spirits. God actually does expect more than a few hours a week. He expects a person's entire life as the normal response to the sacrifice of His Son on the cross.1 He expects a corresponding sacrifice of their lives. Only such a death to self enables one to live for others. Only the cross enables us to overcome the selfishness that afflicts each one of us. The Savior told us we also must deny ourselves, pick up that cross,2 and put our selfishness to death in order to really live... and that's the gospel.

Heaven holds the Messiah until all his enemies are put under his feet.3 That means when the selfishness that has ripped people apart and brought division and chaos to this world order has lost its hold on us, he will be free to return to this earth. But he must first see God's people return to the way the church was in the beginning, when they were all together and had all things in common. Their love for Yahshua and for one another bonded them together in an unbreakable bond of love. If our lives do not bring about His return by demonstrating this true utopia of love, we have lived in vain. He came that we might have great power and great grace to actually overcome the wrong ways in us. That grace is available only to those with one heart and one way, who hold everything in common. They are together and share, not content to have a needy or lonely person among them.4

The cross created a people like this, who are called believers.5 They believe and live together in the shadow of that old, rugged cross, which has put an end to their selfish pursuits. Thus, they can live together in peace. It is only the lives of a people dwelling together in unity that will have great consequential effect!

The only thing worth living for is to bring this evil world order to an end, and bring about the return of Yahshua to set up his kingdom of love and peace. This will be a true utopia that will fill the universe. This hope is what inspires us and motivates us to press on through the very difficult circumstances of this time to continue to love the way he loved us.

 

  • 1. Romans 6:3-6
  • 2. Matthew 16:24-27
  • 3. Hebrews 10:13
  • 4. Acts 4:32-34
  • 5. Acts 2:44

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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