#DailyDevotion Christ Jesus Has Entered The Holy Of Holies With His Blood For Us
Hebrews 9:11-15 11But Christ came as High Priest of the good things that have come; He went through that greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by human hands (that is, not a part of this created world). 12 And He didn’t use the blood of goats and calves but through His own blood He entered only once into the Holy of Holies and paid a price that frees us forever. 13Now, sprinkling the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a calf on unclean people makes them outwardly holy and clean. 14How much more will the blood of Christ, Who by the everlasting Spirit offered Himself without a spot to God, wash our consciences clean from dead works to worship the living God? 15And He is the Mediator of a new testament (covenant]. By dying He paid the ransom to free people from the sins under the first covenant, and those who are called are to receive the everlasting inheritance promised them.
The tabernacle and the temple were models, a figure of what the LORD had shown Moses of the more perfect tabernacle in heaven (Ex. 24:40). Jesus Christ came to us as High Priest of the good things that have come and as the LORD’s perfect high priest entered into that tabernacle, the eternal temple of made by God. The Levitical priest when they entered the temple made with human hands entered not with their own blood but the blood of goats and calves. Such sacrifices only cleansed the people outwardly and made them clean to be before God when the blood of those sacrifices were sprinkled on the people.
Now Christ has come with his own blood, the blood of the Son of God, entering the Holy of Holies in heaven above and poured his blood upon the mercy seat of God making atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. The priests had to do this yearly. Jesus need only make this sacrifice once for his blood, his sacrifice is whole, complete and truly holy. He never needs to die again for our sins.
The blood of Jesus, “who by the everlasting Spirit offered Himself without a spot to God” washes our consciences clean from dead works to worship the living God. The dead works are not only our sins and trespasses but those works commanded by God under the Old Covenant. The blood of Christ has been sprinkled on us when we were baptized into Christ Jesus as Paul says in Titus 3, 5“He saved us, not because of any good works we did but because He was merciful. He saved us by the washing in which the Holy Spirit gives us a new birth and a new life. 6He poured a rich measure of this Spirit on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7to declare us righteous by His grace so that we may be heirs according to the hope of everlasting life. You can depend on this statement.” In this baptism Jesus pours out not only his blood upon us but fills us with the Holy Spirit so we may worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. We also can appeal to our baptism for a clear conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21ff).
Having our consciences cleansed we may know come before the Father to trust in his only begotten Son Jesus Christ and we can love one another as Christ has loved us without fear. For now we know the love of God in Christ Jesus and that love cast out our fear. We need no longer think only of our ourselves. We can now, in Christ, think of others first like our Savior.
Heavenly Father, you sent your son Jesus Christ to be the perfect and whole sacrifice for our sins. Pour his blood now over us and quicken our minds that we may always remember our baptisms so we can have a clear conscience before you so we may love you and love our neighbor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.