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A superior covenant

Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands. Hebrews 8:1-2 NLT

When we study the Word of God, we are called upon to stretch our minds so we can experience the beauty described in His Word. This is what the writer of Hebrews was doing describing to us the surpassing glory of the priesthood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ, from being the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world to being our Great High Priest “in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.” Just imagine when Jesus was exalted in heaven after He ascended from earth. There were celebrations and jubilations of millions of angels surrounding His throne. This is what the writer of Hebrews wants us to picture in our minds. He wants us to have a greater appreciation of what was obtained for us through the sacrifice of Jesus. The fact that Jesus is perfect in every way, yet He identifies with us, sinners, without defiling Himself. The priest of the Old Testament offers the blood of the animals to provide covering for the sin but will not washed away sin and remove the guilty conscience. Christ’s sacrifice at the cross was complete for it both washed away our sin and removed the guilt from our conscience for He has forgiven us. He ministers to us based on a superior covenant that transforms our hearts so we can reflect His character in our lives. In His person, He bridged the gap between the finite person with the infinite God. The Apostle John was given an opportunity to describe to us how Jesus is worshipped in the heavenly Tabernacle. “‘And they sang a new song with these words: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation’” (Revelation 5:9). Though the tasks of obtaining for us the requirements in order for us to obtain salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ continues to minister to us. In His exalted position, He continues to serve. Think of it, the One who gave His life for us and who is God continues to serve us. There are no lapses of expression of love for us for He is eternally bounded with us because of His superior covenant. Sounds ludicrous and yet, it’s true that He offers a constancy of intercession for each of us who made Him our Lord and Savior.


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