Monday Morning: 17 Jun 2019 – Hebrews 9:11-28 ~ Jesus sacrificed himself to remove the sins of many.

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for the Renewal of Life – Monday)

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Hebrews 9:11-28 (NLT)

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.

That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.” And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

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.

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. 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. 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.

And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 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.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus sacrificed himself to remove the sins of many.

With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—
[Jesus] entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

– Hebrews 9:12

The emphasis in today’s reading is on the efficacy of the Blood of Christ to take away our sins, once and for all time.

Under the old covenant a blood sacrifice was required for purification (Lev. 17:11). However the lives of innocent animal substitutes were sufficient only to atone for sin temporarily. In contrast, under the new covenant, the life of Jesus Christ, his blood sacrifice, was a perfect human substitute which atoned for the sins of the world and adequately paid for the redemption of all people forever. Why is this important?

+ the blood of Jesus provided permanent cleansing from our sin
+ the blood of Jesus cleanses our consciences as worshipers
+ the blood of Jesus secures our hope in an “eternal inheritance”
+ the blood of Jesus enables us to wait eagerly for his return

Questions for consideration:

“As sinful pilgrims on their way to the heavenly city,
God’s people defile all they touch, even their ‘meeting place’ with God,
and they need the constant efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ their High Priest
to remove that defilement. [David J. MacLeod]

  • Do you see yourself as a “sinful pilgrim on your way to the heavenly city?” Please explain.
  • In what sense do “God’s people defile all they touch?” Please explain.
  • How does the blood sacrifice of Jesus remove that defilement once and for all time? Please explain.
  • Why do you think confession of sin is regularly included as an element of worship? Please explain.
  • Why is the Lord’s Supper an essential means of remembering what Jesus has done for us? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Life Support Prayer:

 Thank you, Heavenly Father, for pro-life leaders around the world. Strengthen them in Christ Jesus and unite them in faith and practice that they may reflect maturity in Christ. Help us to set aside our differences for the greater good of our common witness: Choose Life. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper: Words of Institution

On the night that he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my Body, which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, Jesus took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for many, for the forgiveness of sins: Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

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“Nothing But The Blood” – Page CXVI

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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