Let me start by saying what a privilege it is to know Jesus Christ through His spirit, Christ has made me a new man and has crucified the old man (my sinful nature) on a cross which bore him unbearable torment and suffering. In the book of Hebrews, chapters 6-10 reveal some deep truths of the order to which I belong. Christ didn’t come just to offer a sacrifice to amend for one of my many sins, he offered himself in place of all my sin and condemnation.
“Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.”
– Hebrews 7:22 (NIV)
An oath was made by God the Father in which he sacrificed a part of himself (Jesus his Son) so we could have an anchor for eternal hope. This oath is perfect, clearly unchanging and binds us into an eternity with him. The first order was made obsolete (old covenant) and the new order was established so a right relationship could exist between God and Man (which we so evidently stuffed up in Genesis). Christ mediated this new way, he presents us holy and blameless because the shedding of His blood, death and resurrection. The temporary dwelling place and sanctuary where the levitical priests offered sacrifices on our behalf was only copy of the true one in heaven. When Christ offered himself for full atonement it embodied the culmination of the ages to do away with sin, one man took a timeless stand bridging the gap we created.
My prayer coming into 2014 knowing the wonderful news of Christ;
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
– Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)
Many 2014 bring joy, hope and salvation. Blessings, Daniel.