Message from the Monthly Flyer from April 2011
Hebrews 9: l-4a + 6-7 + 11-12 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold... Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance... But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 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.
In the Old Testament, the high priest was the highest one up among the priests, and he sacrificed for the people to God in their place. In the New Testament, Jesus receives the title of High Priest, for He gave His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole of mankind. The more you understand this fact, the more you will value His sacrifice on the cross. For this ultimate sacrifice which was carried out in your place, you cannot thank the Lord enough. Therefore, why don't you just thank Him right now!
One of the duties of a priest was to bring a sacrifice to the Lord. Today, we who are Christians are described as being priests, for we also bring a sacrifice to the Lord. From us Christians, it is required that we bring a living sacrifice to God: Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. This type of sacrifice requires from us that we give our all to the Lord. Such a sacrifice reveals that Jesus is the highest priority in our lives. It is not the easiest sacrifice, however, for sure, it pleases the Lord. Think about it today, what does a living sacrifice mean for you? jk
Additional verses to study: Exodus 25-27; 35-40; Mark 15:37-38; Hebrews 9:13-28; 10:19-23; Leviticus 1-7; 21-22; Numbers 3; Hebrews 7-9; I.Peter 2:4-10
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