|Published by Hannah Currin on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00|
Today’s Reading Hebrews 9:1-14 <-- Click here to read the verse
It can sometimes be a squeamish topic, and there are those of us who like to look away whilst it’s being taken, but blood is incredible. It transports nutrients and oxygen through our body, it can be read and analysed, it contains the very pattern of our being. We can donate blood to others and save lives.
Today’s reading talks about just that: the life-giving blood of Jesus through his single act of sacrifice.
At the beginning of our reading, Paul describes all the rituals of the high priests in the temple, the dazzling gold altars and heady incense, with rules and particulars so complex, even Paul cuts himself short; “of these things now we cannot speak in detail”(v5).
The priests in the temple were limited in their access to God, only one of them (the High Priest) could enter the Holy of Holies once a year. What about the rest? Paul talks about how Christ came to bypass this temporary system; becoming the high priest, who didn’t merely offer the blood of another animal but of himself, once and for all. A permanent, life giving sacrifice. He is the Lamb of God.
In his letters, Paul was encouraging the Christian Hebrews to persevere in their faith even when being persecuted so what does this mean for our worship today? From this week, our notions of church and how we worship and engage with others have had to shift radically. We are all uncomfortable, anxious, overwhelmed.
The good news for us? A direct relationship. We can go straight to God through this act, no having to buy a goat, pass it to a priest for slaughter in return for just an outward sign of cleanliness. Jesus giving of himself changes us inwardly and allows us to serve and know God our Father wherever we are, whatever situation we find ourselves in.
|Questions to ponder...|
-Have you found the change this week difficult to adjust to or do you welcome being able to worship online, through blogs, even in isolation? Even in the turmoil, are you discovering fresh and new ways to know Jesus?
-Can we sometimes get caught up or too comfortable in the rituals of church that we fail to see that change can lead to growth?
-Through Jesus’ blood we can serve a living God. Spend a few minutes today asking God to show you more opportunities to know, love and serve him.
Prayer Reflection by Ann Osdieck
for all time
Christ sealed the
with his own blood.
He barged straight into
the sacred place,
with all of us
Who could love us more?
Thank you, Lord. Thank you.