#DailyDevotion The Blood Of Jesus Is Of Eternal Worth
Hebrew 9:11 When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
The tabernacle and the temple that followed was based on a model Moses was shown on the mountain. The reality was in heaven itself. The sacrifices the Lord had ordered the priests to make were also a model, a foretaste of what was to be fulfilled in Jesus. Indeed the whole Levitical priesthood was a model of the High Priest who was to come name Jesus the Messiah.
Now this Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of David and Son of God, has been made our high priest after the order of Melchizedek. He has entered not the temple on earth, but the most Holy of Holies in Heaven above, not with the blood of bulls and goats but with his own precious and innocent blood, shed in his circumcision, shed in the Sanhedrin, shed in Pilate’s and Herod’s courts, spilt upon the roads of Jerusalem and finally upon the cross of Golgatha. This blood he brings to the mercy seat of God in heaven above and covers it once and for all.
This blood is the redemption price for all mankind. It is our propitiation of our sins and it expiates our sins before the Almighty. It ransoms us from death and the power of the devil. This blood secures for us an eternal redemption.. It is the blood of the eternal Son of God and therefore is of eternal worth.
Now this blood, which was offered to God through the eternal Spirit purifies our consciences from dead works to serve the living God. We have been sprinkled with this blood through the water of Baptism into Christ, where we have been crucified, dead and buried with him and raised to newness of life.
We are given this blood in the Lord’s Supper, where our faith is increased and strengthened knowing that participating in this New Covenant, the Lord says to us there, I forgive you your sins and remember them no more. Here he puts his law upon our hearts with the Spirit of God and gives us new thoughts, desires, affections, and through them actions which serve the living God. We serve the living God because he has made us alive in Christ through the blood of Jesus.
Should our conscience give us alarm, we need not fear. We look to the blood of Jesus who gives us forgiveness of sins. We appeal to our baptism which is an appeal to a good conscience having been covered with the blood of Christ (1 Pet. 3:20ff) We go to the Lord’s Supper where his blood touches the door of Christ’s temple and makes his temple pure. Our consciences are restored, fear is removed and we once again go about serving our God in peace and quietness.
Heavenly Father, ever hold both before your eyes and our eyes the blood of your Son Jesus Christ, that we may have pure consciences to serve you and to love our neighbor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.