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Hebrews 13:10-16  Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens.

Verse 10 opens the door to a question. Why did those who ministered at the tabernacle have no right to eat at Jesus’ altar? Verses 11 and 12 explain that Jesus’ blood was shed outside the tabernacle and not in the Most Holy Place. The high priests rejected Christ, and caused the shedding of his blood outside the city.

So if we are to come to Christ’s altar we must look outside the tabernacle of the Old Testament. We must meet Christ at the foot of the cross accepting his atoning blood sacrifice for our sins. We also look forward to the promised city that is to come, not to Jerusalem.

The writer of Hebrews urges us to continually offer our praises to God though Jesus by confessing his holy name, by doing good and by sharing with others. This is the kind of sacrifice that pleases God.

This passage was initially written to the early Christians, many of whom were converts from Judaism. So the concept of going outside the camp to worship Jesus meant that they were to leave their old forms of worship before they could worship the Living Christ. It may not be all that different for us. Once we gain a Biblical understanding of who Jesus is, we need to stand out from the crowd to begin a new life in him. We may also need to leave one church and find another if we have been worshiping with a group of people who don’t know Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Father, work in our hearts so that we will seek Jesus alone to cleanse us from our sins. Thank you for your unthinkable gift of your Son, that we might have a share in your inheritance.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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Hebrews 10:11-14 Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens. 

    These verses again contrst the sacrifices of the Old Testament with Jesus’ most glorious sarifice. The high priest of the old covenant had to continually make sacrifices for the people These sacrifices served more to make the people aware of their sins than to bring lasting forgiveness.

    In contrast, Jesus is both our sacrifice and our high priest. Only Jesus could have suffered death on the cross, risen from the tomb, and seated himself at the right hand of God Almighty. All of this, he did so that we could be made clean, so we could share in his glory for eternity.

    Jesus is waiting for us. He is also in the process of turning his enemies into his footstool. What a glorious day when we will see these events through the eyes of eternity.

    Lord we thank you for your eternal plan. We thank you for giving us a glimpse into the future through your Word so that we can face trials and hardships with confidence as we trust in your love and provision for us.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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Hebrews 10:1-10 Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens. 

    The book of Hebrews continues to remind us that we only see a shadow of the good things in store for us. These reminders are intriguing to those who stop and consider them.

    The sacrifices of the Old Testament brought temporary forgiveness but not a change of heart. What God really wants is the kind of repentance that brings a change of heart. With Jesus’ sacrifice and the Holy Spirit coming to live in our hearts, this kind of change is possible.

    Jesus had to die to become our sacrifice to make this happen, but he only had to die one time.

    Lord give me a willing heart to be yielded to serve you.

 Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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Hebrews 9:25-28 Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens.

In the old covenant the high priest had to offer sarifices again and again for the people’s sins. But Jesus only had to pay the price once for all the sins of mankind.

We too will die once and face judgement. Praise God, Jesus has already borne the penalty for our sins! He will come again, but his second coming is to gather those who have accepted his sacrifice, and to take them to live with him forever.

Have you accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins, or have you shown contempt for the price he paid for your eternal salvation? He paid the price for you. Don’t throw it away.

Father God, incline our hearts to accept your sacrifice. Give us a passion for sharing your message of salvation with the lost around us.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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