He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
In the Tabernacle where God’s people would worship, a priest would enter the Holy of Holies once a year to offer sacrifices on the altar of the Ark of the Covenant. One man, once a year. The curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from others, was torn on the day Christ was crucified. Christ’s sacrifice made once and for all, satisfies atonement for ALL, for eternal redemption. The sacrifices made only achieved in part, what has now been obtained in full. How much more now are we cleansed from the sins that lead to death!
God has obtained all of this for us, that ‘we may serve the living God’. We can’t simply receive salvation and then have nothing more to do with Him! But it can sometimes be our response. What could our lives look like if we engaged fully in the redeemed life God has for us, with gratitude and conviction?
Lord, forgive me for the times I have taken your sacrifice for granted. May I live a life of service and surrender to Your will.