Sun, Sep 23, 2018
Better Things are Here
Hebrews 9:11-14 by Vincent Bradshaw
Series: The Book of Hebrews

The privileges of the Gospel were never so full before Jesus’ Ministry (9:11).  The transition from the Old Covenant to the New is what one would call, “The Great Transition.”  There is the “Great Commission” to evangelize the nations (Matthew 28:18 – 20).  There is also the “Great Confession” of salvation (Romans 10:9).  The fullness of spiritual benefits and joy that Christ brings as the Mediator of the New Covenant, which sets aside the Old Covenant (Hebrews 7:18), is the Great Transition.  It is the reason why our Bibles have two parts: an Old Testament and a New Testament.  It is also why Jews have to transition from the system of Moses to the Gospel of Christ in order to receive salvation.  The Gospel is to the Jew first, but if they fail to make the Great Transition, they cannot be saved.

The Writer mentions four facets of the Great Transition (9:11 – 14).  The first is the appearance of the ultimate High Priest, which the writer has been dwelling on since 4:14.  There is no way a sinner can make it to heaven unless he has the right Person Who can get him there.  Aaron and animal blood could never get a sinner to heaven.  The second facet of the Great Transition is Christ’s superior Temple of ministry.  Moses’ Tabernacle was earthly only.  The writer calls it “the earthly sanctuary” (9:1).  A Temple or Tabernacle is a place where one goes to meet God.  If during Moses’ time, there was only an earthly tabernacle, then God has only agreed to meet man on earth.  God has not yet agreed to meet man in His own home of heaven.  Since Jesus ministers not in an earthly sanctuary but in a heavenly one, where Aaron and his priests could not enter, then it signifies that God has agreed for the first time to fellowship with man in heaven, since that is Christ’s place of ministry.  Before Christ came, fellowship with God in heaven was impossible.  The writer states that while the earthly sanctuary was standing, it signified that God had not yet agree to meet and fellowship with man in heaven (9:8).

The Great Transition brings an ultimate sacrifice and cleansing (9:12 – 14).  The blood of animals was an earthly price of admission.  It functioned to receive one into God’s presence on earth (9:12).  It only had ‘currency’ in the earthly temple where God agreed to meet with man on earth.  However, if one is to fellowship with God in heaven, a much more extravagant fare is necessary, one much greater than the innocence that animal blood provides through earthly sacrifice (9:13).  One needs the infinite righteousness of the sacrifice of the Son of God, which Christ provided on the Cross. This is the once for all righteousness that needs no renewing, but is finished forever (9:26).  This is the third facet of the Great Transition: a fare of infinite value to replace the limited earthly fare of animal blood that required constant renewing (10:11).  The fourth facet is the internal cleansing this sacrifice provides.  Whereas the earthly sacrifices had outer, external efficacy only (9:13), the sacrifice of Christ has the cleansing power to sanctify the entire inner person (9:14).

Christ has opened the gates of heaven wide: is heaven your spiritual focus?