Devotions for October 24, 2017

HEBREWS 9:6-15

6 When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first room[a] as they performed their religious duties. 7 But only the high priest ever entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle[b] and the system it represented were still in use.

9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them. 10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.[c] He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[d] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

A NEW COVENANT

In the first covenant, only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place of the earthly tabernacle, only once a year, and never without blood as an offering for the sins of himself and the people. With our High Priest Jesus’ sacrificial death, he entered a greater, more perfect tabernacle. He entered the Most Holy Place by his own blood, obtaining eternal redemption for his people in the new covenant.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: From the early times of Moses, God set up the covenant in which we could be redeemed. What similarities can you see between the High Priests before Jesus and Jesus as High Priest? What are the differences?

Q: Jesus’ death set you free! What mistakes in your past are you still holding on to? Why? How can you finally be free?

Q: Even stuck in our rebellion, Jesus died for us. You know someone stuck in their rebellion. How can you share with them the freedom found in Jesus?

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