Intro: Because of Jesus, you and I can boldly approach God’s throne of grace and receive mercy (Heb 4:16). Jesus fulfilled the sacrificial requirements that are illustrated by the ancient Tabernacle. In our passage today, we must realize Jesus became our real High Priest who offered the real sacrifice for sin; he serves in the real heavenly sanctuary. According to Isaiah’s vision, the train of the Lord’s robe fills the heavenly Temple (Is 6:1-4).
We trust in the work Jesus did on the cross to die physically, so we would not have to die spiritually (John 6:29). To believe in Christ’s redeeming work is to stand confident in the reality that our past sins have been forgiven; Christ paid the penalty for all. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to save us from the power of our present sins. One day Christ will return to banish sin once and for all; there will be no more sin or devil to rob, steal, or destroy (John 10:10). Certainly, I look forward to that day, but I am so grateful for the work of the Spirit each day who leads me to the blessing of grace and forgiveness!
Therefore, go boldly to God in prayer today and make your requests known. Don’t lose heart, because of the trials you face in this world (Eph 3:12-13). Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Hebrews 9:23-28 NLT
23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for dying for my sin and appearing before the Father in my behalf—in behalf of all believers. We eagerly await your return. In Jesus’ name. Amen.