28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16 NASB
In the Old Testament only one man, the High Priest, one day out of the year, The Day of Atonement, was allowed to enter into the presence of God. The High Priest on the Day of Atonement would enter the tabernacle, or latter the temple, into the Holy of Holy’s where the Ark of The Covenant resided to sprinkle the blood of a goat on the mercy seat. This ritual was done yearly to cover the sins of the nation of Israel.
Hebrews 9:11, 12 tells us, “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” The earthly Tabernacle and it’s sacrifices were only a shadow of the Heavenly Tabernacle that was to come-Jesus. (Hebrews 8:5). For this reason their sacrifices were imperfect and temporary. Since they were imperfect and temporary they continually needed to be repeated.
Jesus sacrifice was perfect. Not only was it perfect it was done “once for all”. In other words it was final and never needed to be repeated again. Jesus obtained for us, “eternal redemption.” When Jesus died on the cross and spoke the words, “It is finished” He gave up His spirit and died. According to Matthew 27:51, immediately after He died the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary was torn from top to bottom. This was an act only God could do. It signified that God’s presence was now available to all. All who would call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.
We are still incapable of entering into the presence of God on our own. We must enter in with the High Priest. Jesus is our High Priest. I Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Through Jesus, and Jesus alone, we have access to the throne of God. Since we have access to the throne of God we have the presence of God, the provision of God, and the power of God.
One might say, “This sounds more like an Easter devotion than a Christmas devotion.” We must remember, we have Christmas for the purpose of Easter. Truly, we have the greatest gift the world has ever seen.
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