Monday, April 6, 2015

Worship in the Earthly Tabernacle

4.6.2015 Easter Monday                           Hebrews 9:1-28 Worship in the Earthly Tabernacle

The author of Hebrews uses the cult to explain the atonement and return of Jesus. As the Jewish high priest annually entered the holy of holies in the temple, Jesus, the high priest, entered the heavens, the temple of God. The high priest offered a sacrifice annually, but Christ as high priest offered His sacrifice but once. The high priest offered not his own blood, but Jesus did. His one-time sacrifice took away sin. As judgment comes after a person’s death, so Christ will return for the judgment of the world and to receive those who are waiting for Him.[2]

Christ offered Himself for once for the sins of the world and is coming again.  The writer of the Hebrews reminds us Jesus went into the Most Holy Place. But He didn’t bring in the blood of goats and calves. He brought His own blood. And He went in there just once to make one sacrifice for all sin. Since He has found a way to set us all free of all sin for all eternity.

O God, in the paschal feat You restore all creation. Continue to send Your heavenly gifts upon Your people that they may walk in perfect freedom and receive eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen [3]

[1] Image by Ed Rioja © Higher Things
[2] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John Brokhoff, pg.301, © CSS Publishing, Lima, OH
[3] Collect for Easter Monday, Lutheran Service Book © Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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