May 6. Summary of Christ’s High Priesthood Continued

Heb. 9:1-28

The Hebrews writer continued to stress that Moses, the tabernacle and the Old Testament were figures symbolic of Christ, the church and His law. However, the various ceremonies and offerings of the priests and high priest could not remove the guilt of sin.

Each year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest made his annual entry into the Most Holy Place with the blood of animal sacrifices to purify himself and the people. Upon leaving the Most Holy Place, he and the people were atoned, but they still bore the burden of their sins. The sacrifice of Christ’s blood once for all provided for the total removal of those sins.

One makes a testament or will to set forth his wishes for the disposal of his interests after his death. Christ as a part of God had made a covenant with Moses and the Jews. With the forgiveness of sins being made available, His New Testament is far superior to the Old Testament which it superseded. The Hebrews were reminded that the New Testament did in fact go into force at the death of Christ, the testator. As the Old Testament purified the flesh by the blood of animal sacrifices, the New Testament purified the heart by the blood of Christ, “and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

The author once again referred to the tabernacle and the things pertaining to it as copies of heavenly things. Jesus, however, did not enter the holy places of the man-made tabernacle, but instead entered heaven itself to be in the presence of God to make intercession for mankind.

It was necessary for Christ to enter heaven, the Most Holy place, only one time instead of each year, but He paid the price with His own blood and not with the blood of animals.

Men often make appointments and fail to honor their word. The Hebrews were reminded that all have a one-time appointment with death and that will be followed by the judgment. MAN WILL KEEP THAT APPOINTMENT! Christ also had that one-time appointment with death. He kept it by offering Himself, who had no sins of His own, as a sin offering bearing the burden of all of the sins of man. There will be a resurrection of all of the dead and Christ will be there to save the souls of the obedient.