When Jesus became our high priest, his sacrifice was once for all… he said, “It is finished!” We must first understand our need for his sacrifice, and then accept the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice. And then it’s on to serving the living God!
6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 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. 13 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. 14 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!
Hebrews 9:6-7, 11-14
In the tabernacle and then in the temple itself, the priests would complete their duties in the outer room, while the high priest would enter the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, and only with blood sacrifice for the sins of the people.
Jesus changed everything.
When Jesus became our high priest, he entered the tabernacle, not of earth, but of heaven, and not by the means of the blood of animals. No. Jesus entered by his own sacrifice and obtained for us eternal redemption.
How much more, then?
How much more, then (vs. 14), will the blood of Christ cleanse our consciences so that we may serve the living God? How much more, then?
All the way. To the fullest extent. To quote Jesus himself (John 19:30) regarding the need for sacrifice for sin and atonement for the people, “It is finished!” There is no other step or act or sacrifice required to cleanse our consciences. Accept Jesus’ sacrifice and you will be clean before God. You must understand your need for his sacrifice, and then accept the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice.
And then… serve the living God. Those with a clean conscience are to serve the living God. Once our souls and consciences are made holy by the work of Christ, we are to press into action in holy work. What impacts me about this today is that sometimes I think serving God is acknowledging him as I live my life. Do you see how self-centred that is?
The real question is, what is the holy service you have for me today, God? It will change my day and change my course and change eternity if I am willing to press into serving the living God today. God’s purpose is the centre of a Christian’s life, not the wrapping around it…
How will this change your today?