A New and Living Way

The Old Testament systems for worship and sacrifice were promises of what or who was to come. They pointed to the time when all the promises of God would be fleshed out in Jesus. Today we live in the fulfillment of that promise.

In today’s verses the writer is describing the portion of the Tabernacle called the Most Holy Place, or Holy of Holiness. The high priest entered the Most Holy Place once a year on the Day of Atonement to office sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the sins of the people. The Most Holy Place, the presence of God was not freely open until the shadow version, the Tabernacle made by human hands and of earthly materials, was replaced by the real way into God’s presence, Jesus himself.

The sacrifices by the priests could not finish the job. They had to be repeated in an endless cycle. The sacrifices could not cleanse people’s consciences. Though God had extended his grace and mercy through a system that would temporarily cover sins and restore the relationship between God and his people the real remedy would not just cover sin but was it away.

Jesus, our High Priest, has entered the eternal Most High Place with his own blood. His blood washes us clean inside. His blood takes the guilt and shame of our sin that stains our consciences and scrubs us whiter than snow. The well that hid the Holy of Holies in gone, and we can enter freely into the Most Holy Place the place of his presence.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

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