Friday in the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 9:11-14

Securing for Us an Eternal Redemption

In the Book of Revelation we see a most majestic and awe-inspiring scene: The Lion of the tribe of Judah who is a Lamb looking as if it had been slain approaches the throne to take from the hand of the One sitting thereupon a scroll that no one else in the world was worthy to receive.  Upon that seeming insignificant transfer, the whole heavenly court, indeed all creation, bursts into a song of praise: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:1-14).

Here in Hebrews we see why our Lord is accorded such praise: His priesthood was not that of the former age—the age passing away; he was a high priest of “the good things that have come.”  And he did not enter behind the veil of that earthly tent which purpose had come to an end; he entered the “perfect tent not made with hands”—the heavenly one, the true holy place which no earthly semblance can equal.  And he entered not with the blood goats and calves but with his own blood and thus “secur[ed] an eternal redemption.”  From this, the Preacher furnishes an argument from the “lesser to the greater”: If the blood of goats and ashes of a heifer can sanctify the flesh under the old order, then how much more can the blood of Christ, the spotless of Lamb of God—not spotless by appearance but by sinlessness and righteousness—how much more will the sacrifice of the Son who offered himself through the eternal Spirit purify the consciences of believers from dead works “to serve the living God?”  The question is, of course, rhetorical, the answer being, “Eminently more!”  (In passing we might note the beautiful representation of the Triune God in these few verses; that is, the Son offering himself through the Holy Spirit—through whom the Son performed all his acts in his incarnate state—to the Father.)

The copies served their purpose; let us now embrace the realities they foreshadowed.  But why should “Gentile” believers living almost two millennia after this letter care about this “Jewish” argument?  Because it applies equally to us.  In a real way, this whole world is a shadow.  The Professor said in C. S. Lewis’, The Magician’s Nephew, “It’s all in Plato.”  Well, it’s all in the Bible.  The Apostle Paul said, “The present form of this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31).  And our worship in our churches will likewise pass away before our being caught up together to that glorious worship service of which ours is a sad imitation.  In the meantime, let everything on earth foreshadow heaven for you—use it to His glory.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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