You Will Die!! But When? | Hebrews 9 (Part 8)

09 December, 2021

Hebrews 9:23-28

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one;he entered heaven itself,now to appear for us in God’s presence.25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time,not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Vs 23 It means that the copies of heavenly things  on earth had to be cleaned with sacrificial animal blood but the original in heaven had to be purified  by a more excellent  sacrifice.

For this Jesus entered the heavenly tabernacle with his own blood.

The priests  sacrificed blood but never their own, they did this every year.   Jesus however,  sacrificed his own blood. Unlike the priests,  Jesus does not have to offer himself again and again.

Verse 27-28    it was appointed for man to die once, and since Jesus  Christ came as a man He too had to die.

The second coming of Jesus is also mentioned here.

It was necessary then for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with the sacrifices. The earthly tabernacle is a mere copy of the heavenly tabernacle.

If you buy a copy of the IPhone, it will work for a while but slowly it will stop   functioning properly simply because it’s a copy.

The writer of Hebrews speaks of what  Moses did or the acts of Aaron or the acts of the  Levi priests . Their acts or sacrifices are all a copy but the original is quite different.

The original is Jesus!

He changed the ways and rules of worship.

There was a shift of rules which includes fasting, tithes etc.

Let’s say this out loud:

if you have an IPhone today will you go back to using a copy? Definitely not!

Once you have the original you wouldn’t  need the copy.

Jesus is the original! He is the original sacrifice, the original priest!

Now if you turn away there will be a big punishment  for you!

God has given us the original through Jesus.

To cleanse the copy you could sacrifice the animals but to cleanse the original you need the best of best.

Has any priest or high priest ever sacrificed their own blood? No, they haven’t, not even a little but instead sacrificed innocent animals.

But Jesus  sacrificed his own blood.

Jesus does not have to go to the temple in heaven again and again like how the high priest goes every year.  Jesus’ sacrifice was for once and for all.

Think about this.

Adam was created, then every year he had to offer sacrifices. But Jesus was sacrificed only once. Not every year. Let’s assume that Jesus was born 4000 years after Adam.

Then that means he would have to be sacrificed 4000 times.

The duplicates need to be cleansed over and over again but the original needs to be cleansed only once..

He has appealed once and for all by sacrifice of himself!

Some people need to write an exam a couple of times to pass but some people pass in one attempt!

We see in the Bible that Elijah didn’t die, and some people died and rose again.

These are exceptional cases. But if we are alive during the second coming of Jesus we will too  go up to heaven but normally we will die.

We all have a sense of realisation when we hear that we will die one day.
It’s time to get serious in life because we will die. Once you achieve this sense of realisation ask God to help you know more about him, he will surely guide you in the right way.

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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.

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