I remember so clearly sitting on my dorm bed in college, reading the book of Hebrews, then having that “aha” moment where I saw how the Bible fit together, how the Old Testament was a shadow of the new, a physical harbinger of what was to come in the spiritual realm.
At that moment, all of Scripture tied together for me with Jesus’ beautiful scarlet thread.
I didn’t have a label for my view then, but I also parted ways with any latent dispensationalism handed to me by Hal Lindsay’s The Late Great Planet Earth and I embraced covenant theology – because the writer of Hebrews first showed me that post-Jesus believers were the spiritual continuation of physical Israel.
And here’s an awesome passage from Hebrews that shows why there will never be any more physical sacrifices in Jerusalem — we have been saved to the uttermost by the Perfect High Priest and the Sacrifice to end all sacrifices:
…Jesus [is] the guarantor of a better covenant.
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. … the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
(Hebrews 7:22-28 ESV)
What a perfect summary of what Jesus did! When I lived in Russia, I found that my friends most easily understood the Gospel when I first explained Israel’s sacrificial system. Once they understood the notion of appeasement, they understood that Jesus was the great and final atonement of the Father’s wrath.
Saved to the Uttermost! By the ever-living Priest! Who gave Himself – the unblemished Sacrifice! What more do we need?
Here’s what we get –
The Son continues to intercede for our daily needs and defends us if any would bring a charge against us.
And how does He plead on our behalf?
Not Guilty. Their wages of death have been paid in full.
Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 13:1-14:23, Psalm 122:6-9, Proverbs 28:19, Hebrews 7:1-28. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).