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“The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’ But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises… For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  Hebrews 8: 1-6, 12


I once heard a touching story of sacrifice from a parent.  One of their sons was very sick in the hospital with a disease that was attacking his immune system.  He was hooked up to an IV and the doctors were trying everything they could to stop bacteria from attacking an antibody in his blood.  Finally, the doctors figured out that they could give him a transfusion of blood that had the same antibodies as his. This process would boost his immune system and hopefully put him onto the path of recovery.  The hard part was they had to find someone who matched his blood and type and had the right antibodies that he was in dire need of.  The doctors thought that a family member would be a match.  So after testing, they figured out that the boy’s sister was a match.  The parents talked with their daughter and asked her if she would be willing to give her blood so that her brother might be able to get better.  The girl thought about it, and with tears in her eyes agreed that she would.


The nurses took her into another room and prepared to take the blood from her.  The girl winced as the needle went into her, and she watched as the blood drained through the clear hose into a bag that would hold her blood.  The next thing that happened was truly remarkable, yet unexpected.  The little girl looked up at her mom and dad and with teary eyes asked “So, how long is it until I die?”


The girl thought that she was giving her life so that her brother could live.  She was under the impression that her blood was being taken from her and eventually she would not be able to survive.  She was willing to be the sacrifice.


This story is similar to the story of Christ.  We, too, have a bacteria that is infecting our life.  Sin corrupts us from the inside out.  Eventually, we must realize that because of sin, we should die.  But then Jesus comes into the picture.


In The Old Testament, the people were required to have a sacrifice made for their sins by a priest.  However, when Jesus came, he gave his life to make the sacrifice for everyone’s sins. Hebrews 8 points out that Jesus is our high priest that is seated on the throne in heaven. He serves as the High priest in the sanctuary in a tabernacle that was set up by the Lord.  His sacrifice is the ultimate, complete sacrifice for our sins.  As Christians we can hold on to this because he promises “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”


Prayer

Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to be my high priest.  Thank you for the sacrifice that he made for my sins.  It is so wonderful to know that you promise to forgive my sins and forget them forever.  Help me to live my life to bring glory to your name.

Amen.

 

 

Submitted by Kristina Kruithoff (my daughter)

Youth Director at HillCrest Christian Reformed Church

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