|Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)
Jesus & the New Covenant (Part 3)
|February 22, 2015|
February 22, 2015
This Week’s Take Home Truth (Passage Summary): “The Old Covenant was only a shadow of the heavenly temple and was unable to redeem mankind, whereas the New Covenant is based on the heavenly temple and is able to accomplish inward redemption.”
NOTE: We will use this same Passage Summary statement for the next four weeks as we teach this mini-series, Jesus & the New Covenant.
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
The focus of this week’s lesson is on the blood of Jesus and the significance of His blood. In Hebrews 9, the writer focuses in on how Jesus’ blood relates to three important areas: the covenant, forgiveness, and salvation.
This passage offers both hope and a warning. The hope is found in the reality that Jesus’ death brought about the forgiveness of sins, and that His sacrifice was a one-time sacrifice. The warning is found in the final two verses in which the writer reminds us that “it is appointed once for man to die, and then comes judgment.” This is a reality that can’t be missed, yet runs counter to the popular belief that we should grab all we can out of this life because this is all there is.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that there is more to this life than what we see today; there is eternity. Once again, we must remember that we are but pilgrims in this land and that our true home is with Jesus on the other side. There is also a sober reality that many will refuse God’s exclusive gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ, and for those lost sheep this life truly is as good as it’s going to get.
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- What are some ways people typically try to deal with their own mortality?
- How would it change the way we live if we kept in mind the fact that we all will be judged?
Read the Text (Hebrews 9:15-28)
As we have witnessed during our journey through the Epistle to the Hebrews, the writer has gone to great lengths to show us how Jesus is better. Better than the angels. Better than the priesthood. Better than the Law. Better than Moses. While the Old Covenant provided the appearance of holiness, it was, in truth, only a shadow of real holiness. This is Jesus. In the last part of Hebrews 9, the writer focuses on the sacrificial death of Jesus as the final, once-and-for-all payment for our sin. Indeed, it is finished! Read Hebrews 9:15-28.
- In Hebrews 9:15-28, we see an emphasis on the blood of Jesus. Examine verses 15-21, v. 22, and verses 23-28 and note how the writer ties the idea of blood to three specific topics: covenant, forgiveness, and salvation.
Blood as it relates to covenant. Compare with Leviticus 17:11.
Blood as it relates to forgiveness.
Blood as it relates to salvation.
- Why do you think the author kept emphasizing that Christ’s sacrifice was “once for all”?
- Using the key words from Hebrews 9: 15-28 as a springboard, briefly describe how these elements relate to your life.
Mediator ( v. 15)
Covenant ( v. 15)
Transgressions ( v. 15)
Inheritance (v. 15)
Forgiveness ( v. 22)
Sacrifices ( v. 23)
Judgment (v. 27)
Salvation ( v. 28)
- If Christ has done all these fantastic things for us, why are we so prone to stray from Him?
- What fate awaits every person? (9:27-28)
- Remember this: death is an appointment, not an accident.
This week, set aside some time to spend with God. As you pray, spend the time in praise and thanks for the promise of forgiveness. Or, pray in confession and repentance. Whatever the case, use this as an occasion to come boldly before God’s gracious throne to lay your burdens down.
Prepare Now for the Journey Home
We have all heard the old adage, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Translated in modern-day vernacular: You only go around once in life, so grab all the gusto while you can. The philosophy doesn’t sound so antiquarian when you dress up the ad copy, does it?
The worldview of the writer to the Hebrews is substantially different from the vantage point of a high rise on Madison Avenue. The words “and after this comes judgment” don’t sell well with the consuming public.
The Bible looks at life–and the afterlife–from a different angle. As Solomon discovered, there is more to life than eating, drinking, and being merry (see Eccles. 2). And there is more to death than the grave. Beyond the grave there is God. Waiting for us. Eagerly.
Like a father awaiting the reunion of all his children. The real question is, Are we eagerly awaiting Him? Do we yearn to see His eyes? Do we ache for His embrace? Do we long to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant?”
Don’t let anything stand in the way of that homecoming experience, will you? The glorious good news shouted from the rooftops of Hebrews 9 is that judgment is escapable because today’s sin is forgivable. That’s the kind of news that makes you want to come home, wherever you’ve been–and for however long you’ve been gone.–Charles Swindoll