The Weekend Word
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
- So what did it do? The coming of Jesus.
- The priest performs his service (bless his heart) but no matter what he does, it cannot deal with the basic problem – removing sins.
- If you remember the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, this was the ultimate frustration of the priest.
- Read the daily details the priest had to perform Num 28:3-8
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
- In the tabernacle, when we went through the furniture – what was missing?
- No chair.
- The priest stands the whole time he performs his duty – no time to rest and the work is never done.
- Standing, sacrificing, standing, sacrificing …
- Jesus sacrificed and sat down – done! Restating Heb 1:3
13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
- Let the enemies of God know – Jesus is just waiting.
14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
- The one offering happened at the cross. It is finished means finished. It was not something just up to that time – but for all for all time.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
- Note the present tense – note that the holy spirit not only authored the original words but even down to today his witness is present.
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
- God does not forget … he chooses not to remember. Ponder the difference.
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
- A done deal
- Why aren’t all Jews Christian?
- Paul says the cross is an offense (note how many independent evangelical churches have removed crosses.)
- Anyone who hangs on a tree is accursed – Jesus must be under the curse of God … but the truth is He was.
- Not for being a malefactor or a blasphemer or an evildoer.
- But because the father was pleased to place the guilt and the punishment of the people on him.
19 Therefore, brothers since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
- Therefore – our rule? Find out what the therefore is there for. (V 18)
- All of this talk / teaching about Jesus is superior in all these things …
- We can therefore have confidence.
- Confidence to do what? Approach God in confession and repentance to receive Absolution.
- Confidence that when we pray “in Jesus name” that he hears us.
- Confidence that we will go to heaven
20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
- Torn curtain – was it the tearing of the curtain or the tearing of the flesh?
- What kept us out of the temple – we are / were unclean
- Read Numbers 19;
- 11 “Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days. 12 He shall cleanse himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and so be clean. But if he does not cleanse himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not become clean. 13 Whoever touches a dead person, the body of anyone who has died, and does not cleanse himself, defiles the tabernacle of the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from Israel; because the water for impurity was not thrown on him, he shall be unclean. His uncleanness is still on him.
- Romans 6 says “3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
- What is applied to us in our baptism? Water – we have been washed.
- Titus 3 explains washing
- 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
- So why do we need it? When were we in contact with a dead body? Who is the dead body? — Us!!
- How contrary to those who think that baptism is their act of obedience, or their public testimony or however they see baptism – they miss the whole part, baptism is the washing of their dead and rotting flesh.