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Faith. Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It’s interesting that in today’s definition of faith, we have this understanding that faith is both something that has happened with evidence that has not been seen. We have hope, and faith means we have realized this hope, this thing that was hoped for. The evidence, involves things we’ve not yet seen. In our secular world, these conceived to be completely contradictory things. Hoping for what we cannot see.
Because it is so difficult, it is for that reason I think that the author of the letter to the Hebrews makes it a point to stress this faith. And the ways in which this faith has been so readily apparent in the lives of people who have gone before us. How many times does the author of the letter to the Hebrews begin sentences with the phrase by faith? By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than canes. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death by faith Noah who we heard about just this week warned about what yet was not seen built an ark. And these are just three examples.
It is by faith that Jesus has the experience of the transfiguration. It is by faith that the apostles can set out to proclaim this good news even in the midst of the persecution that was no different than that of Jesus. And it is by faith that we too can come to know Jesus and he profound and powerful way. Do you believe?