There Is Power in the Blood
Day: 25 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Hebrews 9
Hebrews 9:11-12 (NIV) “But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 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, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
We’ve heard the familiar saying, "Seeing is believing." But that is not so with faith. It is in only in our believing first that we will see the things of God.
In Hebrews 9, the author continues advocating the superiority of Jesus, pointing now to the heavenly sanctuary and the blood.
The Israelites had never seen the heavenly sanctuary. (Hebrews 8:5) They believed in a tabernacle that was part of “this creation,” one they had seen with their eyes.
We too have not laid eyes on the heavenly sanctuary. But after studying Leviticus and Hebrews, I not only believe it exists, I can "see" it. I see it because we have witnessed, chapter by chapter, its foreshadowing, meaning and how it truly is a giant portrait of Christ.
The author of Hebrews illustrates how every piece of their earthly sanctuary revealed the magnificence of the greater, heavenly sanctuary. He longed for them to understand that what they clung to was temporary, incomplete and imperfect. And what awaited them, if they only would believe, was eternal, complete and perfect.
The truth of his illustration culminated on the Day of Atonement in the Most Holy Place, when the high priest sprinkled blood on the mercy seat to cover the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. The blood ensured God, who hovered over the mercy seat, did not see the broken law. He saw only the blood. The blood of the bull and goat temporarily covered the sins of His people.
Now the author was asking his audience to give up those blood sacrifices, advocating Jesus was the better way. What they needed to understand was that our promise-keeping God never asks us to give up anything without offering something far greater in its place. Christ’s precious blood replaced and was far greater than the animal blood.
Christ is our mercy seat. The blood of Jesus tore the veil and opened the way for us to have fellowship with our Creator. God no longer sees our sin. He sees the shed blood of His Son, our Savior. God sees Jesus' righteousness instead of our unrighteousness.
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
"This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Romans 3:22a).
Our God doesn’t live in a dark room hidden behind a veil hovering over a mercy seat. He lives and reigns in the heavenly sanctuary, sitting on His throne, ruling over His creation. Our Savior is not lying dead in a grave. He is risen and sitting at the right hand of His Father, interceding on our behalf, awaiting His magnificent second coming where He will rule and reign. And by His blood, we will one day walk through the gates of that heavenly sanctuary to live and reign with Him. (2 Timothy 2:11-12)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that by the shedding of Your Son’s precious blood, You forgave all my sin … past, present and future. You made a new way. The old has gone and the new has come. In You, I walk in the righteousness of Christ and have the mind of Christ. The thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart now live in mine. Thank You that Your love abides in me richly and flows through every part of my body. Help me to live every day in the presence and fullness of that abiding love … loving others … forgiving others … just as You have done and will continue to do for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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