I asked you a question yesterday as we considered some passages in Hebrew 8. That question was for you to decide what kind of heart you have. The reason that is important is because the kind of heart that you have determines what other people see in you. Do they see a person who loves God? Do they see a person with a heart for serving Jesus and others? Do people see a person who trusts God no matter what might happen in your life? Or, are you like the Israelites? Do people see a person overcome by sin? A person impatient with God, who wants things right now? Do they see a person who is willing to give up everything for all the wrong reasons? What we learned was that God’s laws and commandments don’t change us unless we allow God to write them in our minds and write them on our hearts.
But allowing God to write on our hearts and in our minds is not easy. Taking out our old heart of stone and replacing it with one of flesh, required a blood sacrifice. It always had, but now we know that no more blood is required. In the past the blood of goats and calves was used to obtain purification and forgiveness for people. But this ritual had to be repeated regularly and often. That is, until Christ. Christ was the perfect sacrifice; He was the only sacrifice without blemish. His sacrifice was able to totally purify our conscience (minds and hearts) from dead works in order to serve the living God!
Because of Christ’s once and for all sacrifice, He was able to enter heaven itself in the presence of God Himself. There, Christ, our high priest, continually intercedes on our behalf, to put away our sin.
End of story. Right?
No. Not the end of the story. There is much more good news for us.
Take your Bible out. Take your pen or highlighter and mark this verse: “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with (your) sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:28)
Today’s question: Are you eagerly waiting for Him?