Reflection on Hebrews 9:11-15

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Christ became the perfect High Priest through His own blood sacrifice. This blood is of infinitely greater value than the blood of animals. The blood of bulls and goats cleanses us from outward actions; how much more will the blood of Christ cleanse our consciences!

All other high priests passed through a tabernacle made by human hands. But Christ went through a tabernacle that is in heaven and is not touched by the decay of creation.

So Christ us the mediator of a new covenant that those who are called may receive an eternal inheritance.

There is a tendency in some parts of the church to add various parts of Old Testament religion such as Sabbath observances and other parts of the Law.

The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that this is pointless. We have a greater High Priest, a perfect sacrifice, a permanent tabernacle. Why would we want to go back?

To add to what Christ has already done is arrogance and folly. Hebrews describes these things as “acts that lead to death” or “lifeless rituals.”

We must remain thankful for what God has done for us in Christ. To add anything to this wondrous gift is to make it less precious.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have done it all! Thank you. Amen


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