In Trouble: Jesus Makes The Difference

Key Verse: “The Holy Ghost this
signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made
manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing” (Hebrews 9:8).
Today’s reading clearly establishes a world of difference between life
without Christ and life with Him as the Dispenser of grace. It is the
difference between the old covenant God had with the children of Israel
and the new one He has established with those washed by the Blood of
Jesus through repentance and faith in His Son.
The first covenant had “ordinances of divine service and a worldly
sanctuary… in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could
not make (the priest) that did the service perfect…” (Hebrews 9:1,9).
Whereas the high priest was strictly forbidden to enter the holy of
holies (the presence of God) except in the yearly Day of Atonement,
Christ’s death and resurrection have opened up unimpeded access to the
throne of grace.
Why there was restricted access to God then was to prepare the minds of
worshippers for the fulfillment of the promise of the better covenant
that was to come through our Lord Jesus Christ. This was accomplished
when Jesus Christ died as the final Sacrifice for sin. This is the
import of the Cross at Calvary which symbolizes the new covenant. The
first one was a shadow of what believers in Jesus Christ are enjoying
today. Now we have unhindered access to the throne of grace, not because
of our work or ability to keep the law to God’s satisfaction but by the
great work accomplished by God through Jesus on the tree of Calvary.
The marvel here is this, long before God unveils any programme, He would
first cast its shadow so that the discerning followers of His works
would have an orderly and perfect understanding of His ways. God is a
God of order who does nothing haphazardly. There are no coincidences
with Him. He plans and watches over His works for a full and perfect
implementation (Jeremiah 1:12).

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