Week 41 Saturday

The Real McCoy

Today’s scripture selection: Hebrews 8-10

Key verse: Hebrews 9:24

“For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the real one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.”

A long time ago, in T.V. terms, there was a very popular show.  It was called “The Real McCoys”.  It was about a simple farming family, living in a much simpler time.  And, as the name implies, it was about honest, hard-working, faithful, good people.  They weren’t fakes.  They wouldn’t take advantage of you by pretending to be something they weren’t.  They were “the real McCoys” – a clever little play on words given that the characters were named McCoy.

Well, long before television, the author of the Book of Hebrews was concerned with another person we could trust and follow unswervingly without fear – Jesus.  He too was whom he claimed to be; he too could be trusted.  And, as the scripture above claims, He is even now in heaven itself – not some mere earthly “copy” of it.  He is in the Holy of Holies; at the right hand of the everlasting God – interceding for us.

In a world where there seems to be less and less upon which you can really count – I find that comforting.

Think of how many times in your life you have

  • Been betrayed
  • Been let down
  • Been fooled
  • Been led down the wrong path

If you are like most people – that’s happened more than once; and probably more times than you would like to count.

But the Christian faith has, and always will, boldly proclaim that Christ is the One on whom you can count.  He is the One on whom you can trust.  He is the “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Trust it.  He’s the real deal in a world of cheap imitations.  Trust in Him.  You won’t be disappointed.

Prayer: Lord, in a very uncertain world, help me to always trust in the certainty of your love.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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