The High Priest Who offered Himself

The author of Hebrews writes to them reminding them that there is no longer a need for blood sacrifice for their sins each year.  Jesus is our High Priest, to Jews and Gentiles alike, who offered Himself, who is perfect, who is sinless, who is without spot or blemish, as a sacrifice once for all.  Those of us who believe, who follow Jesus Christ have been given a promise, that of eternal inheritance in the kingdom.  Salvation through our Lord, Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  Thank God for the richness of His mercy, whose love endures forever.

Hebrews 9:11-28

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another — He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

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Character of the Church

When I first read Hebrews 13 and the notes from a study I had (you can look up The Summit Church or J.D. Greear for his study of Hebrews; the bullet points below summarize part of this study), it seemed this was about worship.  It is.  But it is also about the character of the church.  Or, perhaps part of worship is the character of the church.  To start with, what is the church?  It is not a building and not where you “go to” to fulfill your duty as a Christian, though that is an important part of your spiritual life.  That is a time to fellowship with other believers and worship God, but our act of worship should be non-stop throughout our week and our life.  That is a study in itself, but not for this post.  What the church is, though is you and me.  It is Christ’s bride.  It is the body of believers.  It is those who follow Him. Continue reading “Character of the Church”

Believers Need Believers

In this world, there is so much that opposes us.  As believers, we need to surround ourselves with other godly people and lift each other up.  Of course, we need to spend time with those that do not believe and share our faith, but we must be united as a church and strengthen one another and love one another.

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Who is Jesus and Who are We in Christ?

Yesterday was Easter, or as I like to call it, Resurrection Sunday.  It is not about Easter bunnies or eggs.  Those things came from a pagan religion worshipping a false god of fertility.  We need to remember what the holiday is truly about.  It is about Jesus, Who died for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day.  It is about our redemption and salvation.  It is about God’s grace and sacrifice

So, Who is Jesus?  Some say He was a prophet, a good teacher a good person.  Some say He was only an idea (Unfortunately for them, there is overwhelming evidence that He did exist).  But He is much more than that.  For me, He is the One who changed my life, who saved me, forgave me and overcame death so that I would have eternal life.  And, He is so much more. Continue reading “Who is Jesus and Who are We in Christ?”

Why Did Jesus Come?

Most of us know the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We know that He died for our sins.  How?  Why did He have to die for our sins?  That could be a complete study in itself.  All have sinned.  All of us are guilty.  God is just and there is a payment that is needed to cleanse us of our sins.  We must be “clean” to be in His presence.  So God, in His justice and His love, provided a way to pay the penalty.  He provided a sacrifice.  The sacrifice must be pure, must be clean, without blemish.  Only in His Son, is this possible.  He loved us so much that He provided His Son to pay that penalty.  Jesus took the sins of all the world, placed them on His shoulders and gave His life on the cross.  That is what Good Friday is all about. Continue reading “Why Did Jesus Come?”