The writer is going to make the point one more time – Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
We mentioned last week about repetition being a teaching tool. Repetition is like repeating yourself if you had 6 kids.
Our liturgy is repetitious – to teach something. What would that be? To ingrain in us the way that the ancient church up to the present has approached God. Also how to receive from God the good gifts he comes to distribute each time the church gathers.
1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.
- How would you describe a shadow?
- As a kid, weren’t we all fascinated to see our own shadow?
- As an adult we may be afraid of a shadow as we don’t know or understand what is approaching.
- Well all of the sacrifices, all the procedures, all of the laws etc were just a shadow … a preview.
- Col 1:15 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
- John 14:8-11 – 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
- Images, shadows, previews
- Even the law was a shadow … of what? Good things to come
- The author is saying that the Levitical system just keeps continuing year after year.
2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
- The old rhetorical question – the sacrifices just keep going around and around.
3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
- But hey there is that yearly reminder of your sin. Don’t think you’re so hot.
- However, today Jews have made this yearly event NOT sacrifice, but more of a day of reflection.
4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
- Ineffective because it is impossible to do.
- How well can we perform the things we are commanded to do?
- So what did the sacrifices accomplish?
- What do we accomplish “in remembrance of me”?
- When God remembers his people = good
- When God forgets his people – I will remember them no more = bad.
5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
- Quotes from Psalm 40:6-8
- What does it mean “When Christ came into the world…”? Jesus did not say this in the NT.
- What did Jesus mean?
- Here again we see how reading the OT in light of the NT changes things. The NT writer is telling us what the OT meant.
- How do we know whose voice is talking?
- Look at Acts 8 when Phillip runs into the Ethiopian Eunuch.
- Why would God not want sacrifices etc? He ordered them.
- The people were doing them wrong.
- Isa 1:10-14 (a must read)
6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.
- God looks at our hearts and our motives
- And based on that he want the sacrifices and offerings
- Done right and with a good heart … but we are not capable.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
- Who is doing whose will? (this goes back to being able to read in the right voice).
- By God’s will we have been sanctified – by Jesus Christ
- The real will of God is seen through Jesus Christ – going back to the incarnation.
- Go back to verse 5 – A Body you have prepared for me.
8When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),
9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.
- God can’t take pleasure because we do not let him take pleasure.
- So he gets rid of that system and goes to the one who will do his will – Jesus.
- Doing God’s will and fulfilling God’s will was a joy to Jesus.
10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
- We have been sanctified – if happened in the past and has present day benefits.
- Been sanctified – something that has been done to us.