Today you should read: Hebrews 10:19-39
This is truly one of my favorite passages in the Bible! Let’s walk through it together today…
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
Remember how things were before the cross? When you sinned you had to go to the priest and offer a blood sacrifice. He would make atonement for your sin before God for you. Once a year he would go into the “Holy of Holies” and offer atonement for his sin and for all the people. You weren’t welcome there in the presence of God. Matter of fact – you would die instantly if you went in there. But after the cross – Jesus changed everything! The curtain blocking the “Holy of Holies” was ripped and now you and I can BOLDLY enter heaven’s Most Holy Place – all because of the blood of Jesus! AMEN AND AMEN.
By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Want to ponder a convicting question? If we have that freedom now – to go BOLDLY into God’s presence and ask Him whatever we want – why don’t we? Why do we struggle so much with prayer? With taking that few minutes each day to meet with the Creator face to face?
Since we can now enter boldly into God’s presence and meet with Him directly – one-on-one…
- We should fully trust Him (v.23) – not constantly wondering if He’s able or present – fully trust Him in is goodness.
- We should be a catalyst to others to follow Him (v.24) – our lives should motivate others to love and serve Him.
- We should faithfully worship Him (v.25) – not allowing things to get in the way of church – but attending more and more often as His return draws nearer.
Just a quick note… verse 26 confuses so many people. It makes some believe that we can lose that precious gift of salvation that God gave to us. Never interpret in the dark what is clear in the light. Verses like 1 John 5:13, John 10:28-29, John 3:16-17 and many more make clear that God’s gift of salvation is forever. So what does this mean? A person who has heard the glorious Gospel and met Jesus – then returns to a life of sin away from Him has one of two possibilities… 1. They never knew Jesus in the first place (many people put on an act) 2. God is at work in their lives to draw them back (you may not see it or understand it – but He does). Remember you don’t know the end of their story…
Either way – God is the judge – it’s between Him and them:
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
So, because of the cross, you have the privilege to enter into God’s presence! Have you today? Will you?
Posted by: Tim Parsons