Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us. Hebrews 9.24

Even though Christians are not under the Old Testament, an understanding of it is important, Romans 15.4-6. Today, God gives us unity in accordance with Christ. It is his testament that is valid today, Hebrews 9.15.

Moses built the tabernacle following God’s instructions and then purified it, along with all of the utensils of worship, with the blood of calves and goats. According to the law, almost everything was purified with blood, without which there was no forgiveness. This was the tabernacle on earth.

The heavenly things required better sacrifices than the blood of animals. Christ put away sin once for all by his sacrifice on the cross, Hebrews 9.12, 26. He entered into heaven itself. Now, he appears in God’s presence as our advocate. When he returns, it will be to call the obedient home to be with him.

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