Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hebrews 9: Something from the Outside

All that stuff in the Sanctuary, the gold, the blood, the bread, the sacrifices, the high priest himself - it couldn't save. How could it - it was from earth, the same sin-soaked, sin-cursed earth from which the blood of the innocents cries out, going back all the way to disobedient Adam and Eve and their murderous son Cain.

No matter how fancy the script or famous the signature, a bounced check is no good.

So from outside of fallen earth, God sent a tiny seed to die. Embedded in the fertile womb of Hebrew virgin, the uncorrupted seed grew into a holy King (gold) and High Priest to give his (perfect) blood as a (perfect) sacrifice. As a child the King received gifts of gold, as a man he fed thousands with bread that would perish and hundreds of millions would bread everlasting.

And unlike the foreshadowing stuff of the temple, Jesus saves - because he was/is not Of This Earth. He was/is from Outside, the final destination of the Gospel train: "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 bringt salvation to those who are waiting for him."

All aboard!

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