Week of April 8 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Hebrews 9:11-12

Day 1  Read: Hebrews 9:11-12

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Reflect: In speaking to a Jewish audience, how does the writer explain the role of Jesus?

Consider: As the Jewish high priest passed through the anterior tabernacle into the holiest place, so Christ passed through heaven into the inner abode of the unseen and unapproachable God. Thus, “the tabernacle” here is the heavens through which He passed (see on Heb 4:14). But “the tabernacle” is also the glorified body of Christ (see on Heb 8:2), “not of this building” (not of the mere natural “creation, but of the spiritual and heavenly, the new creation”), the Head of the mystical body, the Church.[1]

Respond: To what does “good things” (v. 11) refer? How have you experienced “good things” from Jesus in your life? How did Jesus eliminate the need for the ritual of sacrifice? Why is this significant for believers?

 

[1] Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 461.