Today’s reading compares the limitations of the gift and sacrifices that couldn’t make us perfect and the supremacy of the new covenant in Christ Jesus as the High Priest of good things to come. Jesus took His own blood and not the blood of animals and entered into the most holy place once and for all and offered His blood to obtain eternal redemption.
The scriptures went further to explain how Jesus offered himself without spot to God to cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Because of this single act of obedience, he became our mediator by means of death to as many who are called that we may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
In His capacity as the mediator, he initiated a better promise by shedding his blood thereby nullifying the first covenant that required the blood of animals.
In today’s reading, Jesus’ single act of obedience gave us access to God and a better life. This great opportunity to a better life is available for all. We should however be willing to share with others this better life and not keep to ourselves alone.
I live a better life in Christ Jesus.
Reading – Hebrews 9:8 – 22
8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
The Blood of Christ
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Placeonce for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 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. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himselfunblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!
15 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.
16 In the case of a will,[d] it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e] 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.