Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 8:8-13 ~ Better Promises!

on March 26, 2013

So far in these last few sections of Scripture we have seen the phrases: better hope, better covenant, and better promises.  This is all because Jesus came and offered Himself as a better sacrifice–a perfect sacrifice!

As soon as sin entered the world, sacrifices became necessary.  Even in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned, God had to kill an animal (or 2) to make suitable coverings for their shame.  The result of sin is death, life is in the blood–therefore, shed blood is the only remission for sin (Leviticus 17:11).  God gave the law for His people to recognize sin.  God instituted priests to make atonement for their own sins and then on behalf of the people’s sins.  The shortcomings of man and priest (both fell away from God’s plan) pointed to the fact that imperfection could only be replaced by perfection.  [Enter scene: Jesus]

When Christ came and gave His life as the final perfect sacrifice everything changed!

  • Priests no longer needed to mediate between God and man.
  • Lambs no longer needed to be slaughtered to atone for sin.
  • The penalty for all sin had been paid by the blood of Jesus.
  • The presence of God could be freely and boldly experienced by all.
  • All people can know the Lord personally–He shows no favoritism.
  • His mercy triumphs over all our sin.
  • All of our sin is forgotten by God.

None of these promises is contingent on our behavior.  God said, “I will,” four times in verses 10-12, not “If you…, I will.”  When God makes an unconditional promise, you can be sure that it will be fulfilled.  The better sacrifice, better covenant, better promises, better hope seal us in righteousness forever!

Only because of Jesus, is it possible for us to know God and have our sins forgiven.  

Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice–for dying on the cross for my sins.  Thank you for having victory and power over sin and death.  Thank you that because You are alive, I have new life!  Eternal life!  Thank you for making me clean and blameless.  Thank you not only for forgiving my sins, but forgetting them too.  They are grievous and many.  Thank you for your promises and for giving me hope!  You are too good!  All honor, glory, power, might, wisdom, wealth, and blessing be unto Your name!

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