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Beyond the Veil: Living the Fullness of Christ’s Love (Hebrews 10:1-18)

Hebrews 10:1–18 - 1 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, But a body You have prepared for Me; 6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure. 7 “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of Me) To do Your will, O God.’ ” 8 After saying above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will write them,” He then says, 17 “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. What does today’s passage say? In today’s passage, we explore how the Old Testament sacrifices couldn't fully cleanse us, serving instead as previews of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice (vv. 1-4). Unlike these recurring offerings, Jesus entered once to offer Himself, perfectly fulfilling God's will and establishing a new covenant (vv. 5-10). This act made the endless sacrifices unnecessary because Jesus' one-time sacrifice was enough to make us right with God forever (vv. 11-14).  The passage also shares how the Holy Spirit confirms this new covenant, promising that God will forget our sins, removing the need for further sacrifices (vv. 15-18). In essence, Jesus did what the old sacrifices couldn’t, once and for all. How can I apply Hebrews 10:1-18 to my life? Sometimes when our faith is challenged, we are compelled to slow down and consider what really matters in our walk with God. It’s easy to get lost in routines, overlooking the deeper significance behind our faith practices. As we read today’s passage, it makes us look beyond just rituals to the true essence of our faith. At the heart of our spiritual journey is an important realization: the rituals and sacrifices from the Old Testament are significant, but they point to something greater. They were indicators of a deeper need - a need that only Jesus could meet with His sacrifice on the cross. This realization can change how we approach our daily lives, moving us from ritual to a real relationship with God. Understanding Jesus' love and sacrifice guides us to live in a way that reflects His selflessness. Recognizing the complete nature of His sacrifice also changes how we view forgiveness, encouraging us to forgive as freely as we have been forgiven. Additionally, the role of the Holy Spirit in this new covenant is vital, guiding us to live in alignment with God’s will. Here are some basic principles from this passage that we should apply to our lives:

  1. Recognize the Insufficiency of Old Testament Sacrifices (vv. 1-4): These verses draw our attention to a crucial reality: the old rituals, those ancient practices meant to cleanse, fall dramatically short. They are but mere shadows pointing towards a greater need - a need only fulfilled by Christ. This truth compels us to turn from self-reliant atonements to the embrace of divine grace. In recognizing this, we're called not to despair but to freedom, understanding that our redemption is not anchored in repetitive ceremonies but in the boundless grace of Jesus. Engage daily, then, not in the futile rituals of old covered over with the veneer of spiritual disciplines, but in the vibrant, living relationship with God, nurtured by prayer, reflection, and sincere community (Romans 8:3-4, Galatians 3:24, Isaiah 1:11, Psalm 51:16-17).

Food for thought: How might shifting focus from personal actions to Jesus’s comprehensive sacrifice reshape your spiritual journey? Can recognizing the insufficiency of traditional rituals influence your approach to worship and community?

  1. Marvel at Christ's Perfect and Complete Sacrifice (vv. 5-10): The writer of Hebrews then confronts us with a revelation that's nothing short of astounding: Christ, in His boundless love, embraced God’s will with open arms, presenting Himself as the ultimate, flawless sacrifice. The breadth and depth of this single act of grace should cause us to marvel at the magnitude of His love and sacrifice. It calls us to a life that mirrors such selflessness and obedience. It should drive us to shift our daily walk from one of mundane routine to one shaped by His example. Let His sacrifice mold our actions, guide our decisions, and kindle in us a desire to serve, to love, and to give wholly of ourselves (1 John 4:10, John 10:17-18, Matthew 26:42, Philippians 2:8).

Food for thought: Reflect on how Christ’s sacrifice has influenced your life personally. What steps can you take today to embody this selfless love in your interactions and choices?

  1. Appreciate the Once-for-All Nature of Christ's Sacrifice (vv. 11-14): The writer then explains that Christ's offering was singular, definitive, transcendent. This is not just theology but practical truth that should color every facet of our existence. Our sins, past, present, and future, have been thoroughly addressed, allowing us to step forward in life not as debtors but as dearly loved children. This knowledge should fuel us to live boldly, love radically, and forgive freely, mirroring the boundless forgiveness we've been granted (Romans 6:10, Hebrews 9:28, John 19:30, 1 Peter 3:18).

Food for thought: In recognizing the finality of Christ’s sacrifice, how does this change your perception of forgiveness? How can this understanding foster a more forgiving attitude towards others?

  1. Rely on the Holy Spirit's Testimony About Christ's New Covenant ( 15-18): These final verses of today’s passage give us an eternal promise: the Holy Spirit confirms a new, unbreakable covenant through Christ. This is not merely doctrine; it's the bedrock of our daily lives. Here, we're called to lean not on our own understanding but on the comforting, guiding presence of the Spirit. It's an invitation to a life transformed, marked by the divine fingerprints on our hearts and minds. This relationship, fresh and direct, offers us a roadmap for living in alignment with God's heart, urging us towards lives marked by love, truth, and holy boldness (2 Corinthians 3:6, Hebrews 8:10, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Jeremiah 31:33-34).

Food for thought: How does the Holy Spirit’s role in the new covenant shape your daily living? What steps can you take to be more attuned to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and presence in your life? Wrapping today’s passage, we can see that while the Old Testament’s rituals held importance, they merely foreshadowed the profound and complete sacrifice made by Jesus. We need to move from mere tradition to a more meaningful and vibrant connection with God in our faith. As we accept the enormity of Jesus' sacrifice, we are called to reflect His love and grace in our interactions with others. It’s a call to action - encouraging us to forgive as generously as we’ve been forgiven and to let the Holy Spirit’s influence guide our daily choices. We need to commit to letting these truths shape our actions, aiming to live in a manner that truly honors Jesus’ sacrifice. The essence of today’s devotional is to live out our faith in ways that mirror the depth of God’s love, demonstrated through Jesus, every single day. Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, As I think about the lessons from today's passage, I pray that You would help me to fully grasp and live out the profound truths of Jesus’ sacrifice. I want to go beyond the surface of rituals, to immerse myself in Your grace and love. Guide me by Your Spirit to reflect Jesus' selflessness and love in all I do and help me to forgive others with the freedom of Your forgiveness toward me. Let my daily life be a testimony to Your love. I pray that Your Spirit will direct my steps, making my life a living example of Your love and the hope found in Christ. I pray these things in the most precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Hebrews 10:12 – “but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.” With His Blessings, Pastor Corby

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