Repairing your relationship with God in the Old Testament involved going to a special building and observing ceremonies overseen by priests. There is something very comforting about those kinds of ceremonies, but the writer of Hebrews is pointing out their limited access to God. Because of the death of Jesus, we have unlimited access to God. It was Jesus’ blood that was sacrificed to repair our relationship with God, rather than that of animals. Jesus was a much greater sacrifice with an eternal result!
Having unlimited access to God is a great privilege we often take for granted. We can go to God in prayer anywhere, at any time. We can confess our sins directly and not carry them around until the next opportunity to go to a temple or see a priest. But people often carry the guilt of sin around with them and don’t take care of it right away. If you are carrying guilt around today, confess it now. Go immediately to God through your High Priest, Jesus, and tell God you are sorry, want to avoid sinning like that again and have your relationship with God made right.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Christianity affirms that salvation comes by God’s grace alone, solely through faith in Jesus Christ’s unique life, death, and resurrection. Thus, it is God’s compassion that secures salvation. This undeserved blessing is freely given to us. God’s grace stands as the true, enduring, and unearned cause of human salvation.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
God’s promises are found in a book like no other: the Holy Bible. The Bible is a roadmap for life here on earth and for life eternal. As Christians, we are called upon to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Heavenly Father, Your Holy Word is a light unto the world; let me study it, trust it, and share it with all who cross my path. In all that I do, help me be a worthy witness for You as I share the Good New of Your perfect Son and Your perfect Word. Amen