Jesus: Loud & Clear; Front & Center (Hebrews)

Jesus & the New Covenant (Part 4)

March 1, 2015

Group Resources

March 1, 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:

This week, the writer to the Hebrews continues to argue that the Old Covenant was limited in its ability to bring true forgiveness. In this lesson, we examine the limitations of the Old Covenant and the sacrifices associated with the Law and contrast these limitations with the blessing of the sacrifice offered by Jesus. In the Old Covenant, it was necessary to offer continual sacrifices, yet never truly experience real forgiveness. With Christ, He offered one sacrifice that brings real forgiveness of sins.


  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
  • What is one thing you would buy at a very high price if paying that price meant you never had to pay for it again?
  • What jobs would you consider unfulfilling, frustrating, or even futile?

Read the Text (Hebrews 10:1-18)

There is no chapter break in the original text between Hebrews 9 and 10. Without pause, the writer continues to emphasize the supremacy of Christ’s sacrifice. He continues to highlight the contrast between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. In Hebrews 10, the writer wants his readers to understand that there is no need for continual sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. When Jesus died, His sacrifice was enough. There is no longer any need to continually strive for forgiveness. Instead, we can rest in the finished work of Christ. Read Hebrews 10:1-18.

Digging Deeper

  • What are the limitations of the Law (Old Covenant)?
  • How do the limitations of the Old Covenant contrast with the blessings of the New Covenant?
  • What do you think prompted or motivated Jesus to make the sacrifice He made?
  • Why do Christians still feel guilt when God says He forgives and forgets their transgressions?
  • In what sense have we “been made holy” (10:10) while at the same time “are being made holy” (10:14)?

Concluding Thoughts

  • In what specific areas of your life today do you need to follow the example of Christ in saying, “I have come to do your will, O God”?
  • What can you do this week to show trust in Christ’s provision for forgiveness?
  • When could you speak with a friend or relative who would be encouraged by the truths of this passage?

Jesus Paid It All

(Elvina M. Hall, 1820–1889)

  “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

It has been stated that all religious systems can be spelled with just two letters—D O. The gospel of Christ, however, is spelled with four letters—D O N E! This hymn text, written by a lay woman named Elvina Hall, speaks pointedly to this basic truth, which is the very basis of our Christian faith.

Mrs. Hall wrote these words one Sunday morning while seated in the choir loft of the Monument Street Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, supposedly listening to the sermon by her pastor, the Rev. George Schrick. One can imagine a conversation something like this following the service:

Pastor Schrick, I must confess that I wasn’t listening too closely to your message this morning. Because, you see, once you started preaching about how we can really know God’s love and forgiveness, I began thinking about all that Christ has already done to provide our salvation. Then these words came to me, and I just had to get them down on paper. And the only paper I could find at the time was the flyleaf of this hymnal. So I scribbled the words on that.

The pastor recalled that the church organist, John Grape, had just previously given him a copy of a new tune that he had composed, which he had titled “All to Christ I Owe.” To the amazement of all, they soon discovered that John Grape’s tune fit perfectly with Elvina Hall’s words scribbled on the flyleaf page of the hymnal. Since its first published appearance in 1874, this hymn has been widely used in churches, especially for the communion services.

  I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small! Child of weakness, watch and pray; find in Me thine all in all.”

  Lord, now indeed I find Thy pow’r, and Thine alone, can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone.

  For nothing good have I whereby Thy grace to claim—I’ll wash my garments white in the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

  And when before the throne I stand in Him complete, “Jesus died my soul to save,” my lips shall still repeat.

  Chorus: Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain—He washed it white as snow.

Breathe a prayer of thanksgiving even now that our eternal standing with God is dependent only on the redemptive work of Christ. Seek to share this good news with someone who may be confused about this.