Why Jesus is Special

Chapters nine and ten of the book of Hebrews makes an understandable and reasoned explanation of exactly why Jesus is special and what our reaction to that specialness should be. The comparison is made between the old sacrificial system of Jewish temple worship and the work of Christ.

It is explained that the way into God’s presence was symbolized by the High Priest’s entrance into the Holy of Holies once a year, taking with him a sacrifice to atone for the people’s sins. However, even the High Priest himself also needed to first sacrifice for his own sins. “But Christ came as High Priest… Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” Hebrews 9:11-12 NKJ.

Chapter ten goes on to explain, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins” verse 4. The argument is further solidified when the writer makes it clear that “every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God… For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” verses 11-12 and 14.

No other religious leader, guru, or prophet ever claimed to tackle the sin issue for us—the one and only problem that separates us from God. Once that was handled by Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the Holy Spirit got into the act. He says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” verses 16-17.

So with this vital information, what should our reaction and response be? Our reaction should be based on verse 18, “Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.” Hallelujah! Our sins are gone! There’s no continued need to keep making sacrifices for them! We’re no longer separated from God! That’s huge! We should be jumping up and down!

But there’s more: our response should extend beyond ourselves. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus… let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith… Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering… And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works…” verses 19, 22 – 24 (emphasis added).

Yes, Jesus is special. He’s done for us the most everlastingly important work imaginable. We ought to rejoice in that just as much as we ought to draw near, hold fast, and stir up! Enjoy this Casting Crowns video that succinctly communicates the Gospel message of who Jesus is and what He’s done, then get on with the business of stirring others up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXp6xcY5IqU

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 17, 2012.

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