Hebrews 10: 1-22
Read how this chapter starts…..”For since the Law has merely a rude outline (foreshadowing) of the good things to come – instead of fully expressing those things – it can never by offering the same sacrifices continually year after year make perfect those who approach its altars.”
The author is telling these Hebrew Jewish Christians that the Old Covenant was not enough. The New Covenant is the real thing and the fulfillment of the Old! When Jesus, as the Most High Priest, offered His own blood as sacrifice for the sins of all the people of God, it was once for all, and totally cleansed us and got rid of all our guilt so that God remembers them no more! (So, you also should not let your mind recall and rehearse your past sins and let them continue to condemn you once you have repented and been forgiven by God.)
God is not appeased or excited about your animal sacrifices as assumed in pagan worship. It is not that God delights in blood sacrifices, but rather that it was essential as payment for sin. Death is the consequence of sin and it is life that overcomes death, and the life is in the blood. Jesus gave His life and was faithful to fulfilling God’s will and His prophecy concerning Jesus as the Savior, Messiah, High Priest and King (Lord). The Way to salvation and eternal life is finished. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father in His Holy Temple not made with human hands. God’s Holy Temple is greater than the tabernacle and temple built by man.
Hallelujah for verse 19 – 22, “Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies by the power and virtue of the blood of Jesus, by this fresh new living way which He initiated and opened for us …through His flesh, and since we have such a great and wonderful and noble High Priest Who rules over the house of God, Let us all come forward and draw near with true, honest, and sincere hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction by faith ( leaning the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty evil conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.”
We no longer need the old way of religious rules that foreshadow Jesus. Those things could never bring life instead of death or truly free a person from sin and evil. Now, we have the real Savior in Jesus. Jesus has made the real Living Way provided by God according to His promise and His prophecies in His faithful and true Word! Jesus is the Word of God made flesh and given that we might live in a New Living Way through Him, restored with the Father forever! Let’s remember this today and be careful that we also do not substitute a religious law or system as the way to God, instead of a living relationship with Jesus!
Hebrews 10: 1-22