Text: Hebrews 9:23-28
Theme: Superior and Perfect Sacrifice
Yesterday we saw that there is no other sacrifice needed and today we are looking at the superior and perfect sacrifice.
In verse 26 we read:
Christ appears once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Why is there a tabernacle in heaven in the first place? What is the need for a priest in heaven? After all Adam and Eve communicated with God one on one; without a mediator?
Yes the Tabernacle in heaven is for man. From the moment of Genesis 3:16 it was established. This is where the seed of the woman would offer the sacrifice that would crush the head of the serpent. The seed is Jesus. He has been chosen right from the beginning. Throughout the various dispensations God was paving way for his manifestation.
Adams sin altered humanity’ eternal destiny. A man in the similitude of Adam is needed to counter the wrong Adam did. So 1 Corinthians 15:45 calls Jesus the last Adam. At the fullness of time he took on the body prepared for him by God inside a virgin; entirely a new specie of human without the impediment of sin and became a life giving spirit. This is the right person approved by God to enter the heavenly tabernacle and serve both as the sacrifice animal and the officiating priest at the same time.
So what? All that happened throughout the ages before Jesus appearing were shadows of this Ultimate sacrifice. Jesus is the spiritual Adam. He is existing with the father even before the world began. By the eternal spirit he entered the holy of holies in heaven because he is Worthy to do so and purified every item of worship with his blood and offered himself on the altar of sacrifice. What happened on the cross was for the physical eyes to see. Jesus death is more of a spiritual battle over the reign of Satan and evil. His nature made him the perfect excellent person for a perfect and superior sacrifice.
Note well: This part of his ministry has been concluded. When he returns to earth again he is coming for judgement. John 5:22 the father judges no one but has entrusted all judgement to the son. Only those that reject his sacrifice now will be judged. (1John 5:11-12)