Don't Do It!
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.” ~Hebrews 10: 19-20
Did you know that before Jesus sacrifice on the cross, people were required to go through the high priest to make their sacrifices for their sins? There was a special order in which things had to be done. Lots had to be cast to determine which goat to sacrifice. The people would put their sins on the goat. Then the priest would sacrifice a bullock before he was allowed into the Holy of Holies. The first time he entered he had to burn incense, which represented the prayers of the priests; the second time he entered he has the bullock’s blood with him; the third time he has the goat’s blood with him, the one that had the sins of the people on it. There were a few other rituals to go through before he was finished, but you get the idea. It was a long, involved process and only the high priest was allowed in there. It was such a big deal that he would have a rope tied to his ankle so that if he was struck dead, they could drag him back out.
Today, we don’t have to do all that. Jesus has taken the place of the high priest forever. He is our High Priest. This scripture says that we can boldly enter into heaven’s Most Holy Place thanks to the blood of Jesus. I think we forget how truly awesome that is. It has become commonplace to us. We have the privilege to go right into the very presence of God with our pleas, petitions, and requests.
We need only come to Jesus with a repentant heart, and our sins are forgiven; no ritual, no fear. Don’t lose the wonder of His great love for you. Remember how blessed you truly are.
"16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see--
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together."~ Colossians 1:16-17
Trials. Sorrows. We all have them. They are a part of the human condition. The trick is to remember that we are admonished to 'consider it all joy.' ~ James 1:2 How can we find joy in the midst of our trials? It is because through the testing of our faith we have the opportunity to develop grit,determination, staying power, call it what you will. We are being given a spiritual workout.
As with our physical well being, our spiritual well being is greatly dependent on what we take in. If we want to be able to endure, we need to make sure that we have the right fuel. We need to have God's word hidden in our heart so that when our times of hardship come, we will have a well to draw upon.