we have confidence

Hebrews 10:19 (ESV)

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, …

What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to “draw near to the throne of grace” with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).

Knowing that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ – our “great high priest” – has made it all possible (Hebrews 4:14).

How?

“By the blood”, His blood, shed for us on the cross.

“For our sake [God] made him to be sin who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Thus we can approach our awesome God, through Christ, and fall “at His feet” in worship (Revelation 1:17).

We can give to Him our worries and concerns. Our troubles and our cares.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for the gift of confidence

action : give to God all my burdens

by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption

Hebrews 9:12 (ESV)

12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

The system of sacrifice was well established in ancient Israel as outlined in the Book of Leviticus.

Basically, a sacrifice was needed to pay for sin. Sin couldn’t go unpunished.

Sin, in a nutshell, is not just what we do wrong. It’s what separates us from God. It’s essentially us turning our back on God and wanting to live our lives our own way.

Thus the priests performed their duties on a regular basis as no one sacrifice could pay for “all” of Israel’s sin going forward. It needed to be done again and again and again.

However, Jesus became the sacrifice “once for all”.

He ushered in a “new covenant” (Hebrews 9:15). A new arrangement or deal between man and God.

For Jesus Christ paid the ultimate “price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

And this was possible because God the Father “made him to be sin who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

He was like “a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19).

Thus Jesus shed His own “blood.” (Hebrews 10:19).

“[Cleansing] us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

And all this was done to secure for us an eternal redemption.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for your sacrifice on the cross in our place

action : repent of my own sinfulness knowing God will forgive me

you were washed

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)

It’s easy to read this passage and point the finger at “wrongdoers” (another translation for the “unrighteous”).

Yet, as Paul so clearly points out at the end, some of the listeners were once exactly like those he describes.

In fact, the only thing that “makes” them righteous is the blood-of-Christ as it washes them clean.

Better that we should spend a lot less time condemning the practices of others and more time “repenting” of our own sins (Luke 1:3).

We don’t condone sinful behaviour. But neither are we to “judge” it. That’s God’s responsibility (Matthew 7:1ff).

What we should be doing is “loving our neighbour” in genuine and practical ways (Luke 10:36).

For like Jesus, we should “desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13 – quoting Hosea 6:6).

Kim+

prayer : forgive my unrepentant heart: my pride, my greed, my lust

action : share the grace of God through merciful actions