We must remember that Jesus is our High Priest of “good things to come”. The “religion” of Christianity has believers caught up in living, doing, and saying the right things in effort to become or appear righteous. A “relationship” with Jesus Christ opens up the believer to receive the good things in life that Jesus paid for with His own blood. Relationship will always triumph of religion, because the strength of the believers walk is solely based on Jesus’ perfect work on the cross and not man’s efforts.
Hebrews 9:11-12, 11 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. 12 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.
We need to remember that previously in Hebrews the comparison was made of Jesus to Melchizedek in that he was without beginning and without end, Hebrews 7:3. From this we can see the perfect Priesthood of Jesus in that there is no end to His sitting at the throne of God making intercession for us. Moreover He is the High Priest of “good things to come” not judgment and condemnation. When we look back in Deuteronomy 28:1-13 we see the promises of blessings to the children of Israel if they keep all of God’s commandments. Jesus fulfilled those commandments on our behalf which makes Him the administrator of those blessings. The only commandment Jesus gave us is found in John 13:34. By loving others as He first loved us we meet His only requirement to receive all of the blessings He earned for us through His perfect work on the cross. Think of this through the heart of a child whose dad just won the big bear at the carnival and then hands the bear to his child. The dad does not give the bear to the child because they have never made a mistake and have lived up to the parent’s ridged expectations, but just because he loves his child and the child asked. God loves us with the same full measure to the point that He sent His only begotten Son to fulfill the requirements for us and then die for our sins so that He could give us the prize; the promises of God. Also in verse 11 we see the comparison of earthly efforts to heavenly accomplishments. The Levis had to disassemble move and reassemble the tabernacle every time they moved. Every think on earth will grow old and decay as a result of the fall of man, hence the precious tabernacle, the Holy of Holies, and everything else they made according to the directions of God would eventually decay as well. Should we still have the Ark of the Covenant, the wood inside would have decayed leaving only the Gold overlay. Everything in the natural held as precious in the hearts of man will eventually decay, but the tabernacle in heaven made by the hand of God will remain forever. This is the tabernacle that held the spiritual alter that Jesus sprinkled His blood on for our atonement. Think about this; where do you truly want to place your confidence in, man’s best efforts to please God or Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.
Verse 12 is the final comparison in that the best sacrificial blood the children of Israel could offer as a seal of their end of the covenant was the blood of animals. However man was created as superior to the animals as read in Genesis chapter one. Meditate on this questions.
Why would God rest His final covenant between man and Himself on the ability of man to fulfill his side of the covenant? A covenant is only a covenant when both parties agree and fulfill it.
Had man not already proven that he could not follow the simplest of instructions, “don’t eat the forbidden fruit”?
Why would God, who hates idol worship, have the children of Israel create an idol “The Ark” as a symbol of His covenant unless He was going to replace that idol with Himself someday?
How could the blood of a lessor creature like a bull, goat, or sheep, make any real atonement for the sins of a man who was created as greater creation?
Jesus having taken stripes on His back for our healing, bearing all of our transgressions, and fulfilling all of our shame, allowed our sins to be nailed upon the cross through His flesh. Jesus who was God in the likeness of sinful flesh (John 1:1-3, & 14, and 1Timothy 3:16), allowed Himself to be sacrificed. It took a Man to be sacrificed for all of mankind. And Jesus sprinkle His own blood for all men upon the heavenly alter not made with hands, but created by God in the heavens. God replaced the lessor covenant with a perfect covenant signed by the blood of His own Son, so He could fulfill His promises to us.
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