Monday, February 4, 2013
In Jesus, we find perfection and freedom.
The writer of Hebrews is confronting the Judaizers, a prominent group who attacked early Christianity. The Judaizers took away the power of the Gospel by teaching that Jesus sacrifice was not enough. They encouraged Jewish Christians to return to the Levitical law of offering sacrifices repeatedly. However, Jesus came in the order of Melchizedek, who came before Levi, and the Levitical priesthood. Jesus is the Superior High Priest. There is no need to return to the Levitical priesthood.
Some exist today who still desire to return to the law. Some preach that we must keep the Sabbath on Saturday and follow all of the regulations for rest, such as walking no more than a mile, not cooking or preparing certain foods, etc. We do not need to keep the law and the Sabbath because Jesus is our rest! We can rest at any moment in the work that Jesus has done.
We know that we fall short and can never be perfect, the law shows us this. The law was our teacher. However, the law is like a mirror, showing a person their need to wash their face. A mirror cannot clean us up. Jesus is the living water. His work on the cross cleanses us completely from the imperfection which the mirror (law) revealed.
Following a certain set of religious rules will never save us. We will never be able to keep all the rules! We must come to Jesus, receive his gift and live eternally.
If you receive Jesus, you, in the eyes of God, are perfect.
No more condemnation and bondage. Jesus is strong, where the law is weak. The law could never make you perfect, but Jesus draws us near to God in perfection. He did not offer up a sacrifice of a lamb or goat, He offered up Himself for us.
He is able to save to the uttermost: completely and fully. Every sin that we have committed can be forgiven. You may think, “My sins are too bad. I cannot know God.” If you say that, then you proclaim that Jesus’ death was not enough. That Jesus gave Himself and it was not enough.
His sacrifice is enough. Jesus will forgive you and make you into a new person. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
We have been set free from the law of sin and death. We are free to know and love Jesus!