Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Sometimes it is difficult to see how Old Testament sacrifice and New Testament grace compliment one another. Our passage today is a great example of how the Old Testament pointed to Jesus. The old way required continual sacrifice in order to comply with the covenant. Not because God was a stickler but because no blood of any animal could ever fully satisfy the debt man’s sin. The Old Testament law was made to show us God’s holiness and our need for a savior. The Old Testament also pointed us to a savior who could fully satisfy the debt that we could never pay.
Have you humbly come into a relationship with Jesus? Is he your most important relationship?
By: Chad Wiles