Hebrews 9: 23-28
Before visiting Rome, Italy I had researched all the “must sees”.
The anticipation compounded as I looked through pictures of the Sistine chapel and the Trevi fountain.
The pictures, while they were beautiful, were nothing in comparison to standing in awe of the actual artwork, however. I remember just standing there, as though time stood still, admiring the beautiful, majestic display before me. I’ve tried looking back at pictures, but nothing compares or can bring back that feeling.
Today’s reading is comparing the “earthly” attempt at sacrifice with the true sacrifice.
While our ancestors attempted to make copies, patterned after Heavenly realities, they could never fully atone.The copies were created to allow God’s people to atone for their sins, yet the blood was merely a representation of the one, true sacrifice to come.
A beautiful, majestic display of our God’s love and justice.
Sprinkled blood of a spotless lamb serving as a mere prophecy of the Lamb to come.
A Sacrifice, once and for all, to atone.
While present day we can continue to sacrifice our lives in a way that is pleasing to God, the sweet aroma drifting up to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 2:15); that sacrifice is merely a reflection of the true sacrifice of our Savior. Our deeds, much like the Old Testament rituals alone, could not offer salvation. God’s justice required an ultimate sacrifice, that could only be attained through Jesus Christ.
Isn’t that a relief, sister?
I strive to live a life that is bowed down to my Heavenly Father. I try to make my life a fragrant offering, through dependence on Him- one that catches the eyes of of non-believers and points to my Savior. However, I know I fail. I see my failings. I know that my works could never be blameless enough to stand in the presence of a Holy God. I would be shunned away….
Yet, Jesus’s sacrifice made a way.
Jesus’s perfect sacrifice allowed a wretched sinner like me a way to spend eternity with my Abba.
He alone can save!
Post by: Amanda