In today’s passage, we saw the law (through Moses) and Grace (through Jesus) being compared. The law was seen as a reflection of the blessing of grace to come.
The yearly sacrifice for the atonement of sins under the law could not make the worshippers completely clean. Year after year there was always a memory of sin in those offerings. The reason being it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin completely.
This necessitated the preparation of the body of Jesus Christ for the atonement of sins once and for all. His death on the cross marks the end of sacrifices for sin. By this act, believers have been made holy, by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for ever.
God took away the first that he may establish the second.
God saw the weakness in the law, He provided solution through the sacrifice of His son and grace came. The old gave way for the new. This is change!
It is time for a self-appraisal. Be prepared to change that which does not produce the desired result in your life.
I receive grace for change in Jesus name.
Reading – Hebrews 9: 23 – 10:10
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
- Hebrews 10:7 Psalm 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)