Hebrews 9:23-28 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Does the love of God overwhelm you? It does me. Redemption is a profound and awe inspiring word. Redemption is defined as the act of saving from sin, error, and evil. Jesus brings redemption when we call upon him for salvation. The phrase in our passage today, “in our place,” causes me to feel overwhelmed with gratitude. The love of God for each of us as his children and the spiritual purification work he did for us in heaven is overwhelming. He cleansed us and made us acceptable to enjoy the presence of our Heavenly Father. Christ gave himself as a sacrifice so that we would never have to experience spiritual death; instead we can know and enjoy eternal life. We can live with courage knowing when we die we will be face to face with Jesus who redeemed us and now calls us to himself.
23 And so it was necessary for all the earthly symbols of the heavenly realities to be purified with these animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required a superior sacrifice than these. 24 For the Messiah did not enter into the earthly tabernacle made by men, which was but an echo of the true sanctuary, but he entered into heaven itself to appear before the face of God in our place. 25 Under the old system year after year the high priest entered the most holy sanctuary with blood that was not his own. But the Messiah did not need to repeatedly offer himself year after year, 26 for that would mean he must suffer repeatedly ever since the fall of the world. But now he has appeared at the fulfillment of the ages to abolish sin once and for all by the sacrifice of himself!
27 Every human being is appointed to die once, and then to face God’s judgment. 28 But when we die we will be face-to-face with Christ, the One who experienced death once for all to bear the sins of many! And now to those who eagerly await him, he will appear a second time; not to deal with sin, but to bring us the fullness of salvation.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for redeeming me and purifying me by your blood before the Father. Holy Spirit, help me to be ready for Christ’s second coming; I eagerly await the fullness of my salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.