Hebrews 9: Grateful for Relationship
Jesus again was clearly a change in the entire groundwork of how humanity related to God. Here in Hebrews 9, the author speaks about how the blood of Christ is much better than the blood of any sacrificial animal.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
This is definitely significant then. God established the Old Testament sacrifice system as we see in Leviticus. It did serve for covering over the sins of the people. It is not as if God made a false system that was leading people down the wrong path. Rather, when Jesus came, the entire system was being overhauled.
There still needed to be a way for a people to reconcile with God, but Jesus covered it all once and for all. That is certainly a difference. Redemption was complete forever.
Thinking about this in the light of our lives then, it should inspire a type of gratefulness. Jesus did not have to die. God did not have to care about us. Even the sacrificial system laid out in the Old Testament was not necessary. There would be no way for people to be reconciled to God before or after Jesus, but God did not need to provide any of this. However, because He desired a relationship with each and every one of us and invites us to spend an eternity with Him if we choose, He made this possible for us. He didn’t have to, but we should be thankful He did.