As the Holy Spirit prepares your heart and mind to engage with the sermon on Sunday morning, consider this passage from Hebrews 9 along with its implication.
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serving the living God. Therefore, he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
This is an incredible passage regarding the supremacy of Christ as the ultimate and final sacrifice for sin. Robert Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, gives us insight into this passage when he states:
“In contrast to Old Testament high priests who offered the blood of sacrificial animals in an earthly sanctuary, Christ presented his own blood in God’s presence in heaven itself. What is the result? He secured “an eternal redemption (V12). This is incredible. When we compare the millions of Old Testament sacrifices with the power and effects of Christ’s single sacrifice, we are amazed at his. Unlike theirs, his sacrifice achieved an eternal redemption! The one sacrifice of the Son of God delivers forever all the redeemed.”
Think about that for a moment. All of the Old Testament sacrifices directed our attention to the one permanent sacrifice- the crucified body and spilled blood of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, the sins of God’s people are completely and eternally paid for by the life, death, resurrection and interceding work of Jesus. There is never a need for another sacrifice. Christ has declared “It is finished!” and He meant it.
Order of Service
Hosanna (Praise is Rising) (Matthew 21:9)
Welcome and Announcements
All Because of Jesus (Romans 6:11; Romans 8:10-11; Ephesians 2)
Blessed Assurance (1 John 3:19-24)
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Psalm 103:1-8)
Sermon: Superior Over the New Covenant (Hebrews 9)
Offertory and Closing Song: Hosanna (Praise is Rising)