Hey guys, thanks for reading my blog! I’m just gonna go ahead and jump right in. Okay, so first of all, I don’t know about all of you but for me Hebrews isn’t necessarily the easiest book to read. It’s easy for me to get lost in the deeper theological issues and in the “technicalities” of the covenant and symbols of the Old Testament vs. the New. BUT, when I take a step back, I realize that one truth rings true throughout this entire book and that is Jesus is greater! The author gives us example after example of how ridiculously greater and enough Jesus is. I know for myself that when my walk with Jesus isn’t right and I find myself placing things, people, myself, anything above God, my initial reaction is to try and belittle or “bring down” these things and although I think that is important to do and a great step, we shouldn’t stop there! Not only do we need to put into perspective how irrelevant most of these things are, but we also need to get God out of our stupid little box we most likely put him in and build Him up! Reflect on His greatness, His holiness, His mightiness! Hebrews 9:12 says “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” Because the law required that “nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” and “How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God” How much greater was this sacrifice? This new promise was and is so much better than the old! He died once and for all! Gone are the ways of multiple sacrifices that were only temporary and here is a perfect, loving, awesome God who can now fully cover us and our sins! I don’t know about you guys but for me, growing up in church it’s pretty easy to just “accept” what Jesus did for us on the cross and become a little numb to it. These chapters help me to slow down and reflect and start to grasp a little more how utterly amazing and incredible and loving and selfless and perfect and superior the cross was! Like c’mon guys this is what it’s all about! Just take a second and stop and think…our God really rocks!
And the good news doesn’t stop there! These chapters remind us that through this sacrifice we have been made holy!
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more”
“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people”
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”
“because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy”
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more”
Just like Tom mentioned tonight our sins are separated as far from us as the east is from the west. Let’s stop focusing on what we did to separate us and focus on what He did to redeem us and bring us home! We are a new creation because of this amazing act of unfailing love. This new promise that surpassed the old, insufficient one presents us as holy and blameless to God. We need to start viewing ourselves as God sees us instead of how the world sees us. Let’s not belittle what Jesus did for us by holding on to past regrets and instead focus on Him. Get rid of these lies the world is constantly throwing at us and focus on this truth, right here, that God loves us so much He did what we could never do on our own to win us back!
We can do this y’all!
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” –Hebrews 10:23