100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #60 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE — Hebrews 9:11-15: “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; 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. 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: 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? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
On yesterday, we began looking at the roots of our salvation, or the foundation on which our salvation rests. We saw that the Day of Atonement was a very special time for the children of Israel which religious Jews still observe today. This day of Atonement was a day of confession and repentance of sin, a day for the removal of sins in God’s sight, and a day for man to draw near to God.
But, not only was the Day of Atonement a day for the children of Israel to observe, it was a day that served as a foreshadowing of things to come. The tabernacle, the priest, and even the bloody sacrifices all pointed to the future when Jesus Christ would come and settle the matter of sin once and for all. We often cringe when we hear about the slaughter of so many animals for the sins of the people. We could not imagine such a thing going on today.
But notice what Martin de Haan, the founder of Radio Bible Class said: “The Bible is a book of blood and a bloody book. When we are accused of preaching a Gospel of blood we proudly plead guilty, to the charge for the only thing that gives life to our teaching and power to the Word of God is the fact that it is the blood which is the very life and power of the Gospel.”
Every aspect of the Day of Atonement had a meaning that was far deeper and more real than the bloody sacrifices seemed to suggest. Today, as we continue this series on the roots of our salvation, I want to share with you those things that the Day of Atonement foreshadowed. The passage which we read from the Book of Hebrews describes the fulfillment of each of these things.
1. The first thing we see in this passage is that we have a perfect priest.
2. The second thing we see in this passage is that because of our perfect priest we have a pure sacrifice.
3. Thirdly, today, we notice that because of Jesus’ pure sacrifice, we have a promise of paradise.
+ Plus, listen to Dottie Peoples singing “Are You Washed in the Blood?” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”