Under New Management

Hebrews 10:12-25—But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says, “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Before Jesus came to provide us with a single, once-for-all sacrifice, the Hebrew people would offer sacrifices to God for their sins. These sacrifices didn’t save them, but instead were a reminder of how seriously God takes sin, and they were a picture of the Messiah’s sacrifice that would come in the future.

The book of Hebrews is a letter that was written to the Hebrew people after Jesus resurrected and ascended to heaven. They were used to offering sacrifices, but in this letter the writer was trying to help them understand that under Jesus, no more sacrifices are required. We don’t need any more bulls and goats, because the Messiah they had been waiting on had finally come and provided the ultimate sacrifice, one that is enough to cover the sins of all humanity.

When we come to God, we put ourselves under new management. We get rid of the old leadership of our flesh, and give God control of our lives. As we learn to live His way, He begins to mold and shape us to fit His plan for our lives. When we draw on our relationship with God, we can produce so much good fruit in the world.

Watch my teaching “Under New Management”.

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