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was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be
purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with
better sacrifices than these. 24
For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of
the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's
Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the
high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is
not his own. 26 Then
Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the
world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do
away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so
Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and
he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation
to those who are waiting for him.
many things before Jesus (the tabernacle, ceremonial washings,
offerings, feast days, the temple, sacrifices, Passover) pointed to
God's plan and desire to save the world from sin, Jesus himself is
God's plan. Jesus is not another symbol or message about the salvation
God has in mind for the world and mankind; Jesus actually is that plan. All those other things were preparing the way and pointing to him.
Response and Action:
faith is in Jesus the Christ. I believe that he takes away the sins of
the world through his sacrifice on the cross. The cross is much more
than a symbol of God's love. Jesus’ sacrifice is God's love in action.
Through Christ's death, the separation from God caused by my sins has
been taken away. I will praise Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, my
redeemer, and my salvation. I long for his appearing on the final day
when my salvation will be fully realized.
Jesus, you are worthy of my praise, my life, and my all. You were
slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe
and language and people and nation. I will give you my worship and
honor and glory and power, forever and ever! I look for the
resurrection and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Isaiah 53:66
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own
way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
The Cross of Christ
by John R. W. Stott