No Other Blood…No Other Offering (Hebrews 9:12)
Hebrews 9:12, “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.”
The blood of Christ is in Heaven today! Just as pure and powerful as when it flowed from His wounds on Calvary. His blood was not an ordinary blood, but was the blood of God in which He purchased the church (Acts 20:28). Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies of the tabernacle in Heaven with His own blood and offered it before God the Father, the works of His sin-atoning sacrifice as the sinner’s Substitute. Jesus gave, not only the ultimate sacrifice, but the final sacrifice. Because once Jesus offered Himself there was nothing further that needed to be done. Praise God that we have the perfect and complete sacrifice in Jesus. There is no greater love ever shown that compares to what Jesus has done for us.
Jesus' entrance into Heaven with His own blood perfectly fulfills the Old Testament typology of the Levitical High Priest's work in Leviticus 16. On the Day of Atonement, the priest had to come into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle with a blood offering from an animal. In Christ's case, it was His own blood which He shed at Calvary. His blood was shed, not spilled or lost. He sprinkled it on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament, the priest in the Tabernacle went into the Holy of Holies once a year, however, it was not eternal. But Heaven’s only High Priest, Jesus Christ, offering was once and eternal. When our Saviour cried, ‘It is finished’, He fully accomplished the redemption of His people. The death of Christ effectually secured and guaranteed the eternal salvation of every born-again believer. Everyone who trusts in Him for salvation will never be condemned because they are completely forgiven of all sin. “We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Colossians 1:13-14). God charged our sins to Christ, Christ nailed them to the cross and His blood washed them away (I Peter 2:24). Christ’s blood provides complete access into the heavenly Holy of Holies.
The only High Priest of the Heavenly Tabernacle is Jesus Christ. All things are done by His power and authority (Matthew 28:18). The tabernacle on earth was constructed with the hands of man. The tabernacle in heaven was built by God himself. The earthly tabernacle was patterned after the one in heaven and gave us a very clear picture of what the Messiah would do one day. The Heavenly Tabernacle is perfect in every way and never has been, or will be, destroyed. The one built by man has been destroyed and, at times, has been defiled. There had to be bloodshed and blood applied for the sacrifice to have any benefit to those putting their trust in it. This was illustrated for us at the first Passover (Exodus 12:13). If the blood was not applied, all the firstborn would have died. It is only when the blood is applied that it saves. It was done by the high priest the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This was done after Jesus rose from the dead. It was done in the holy of holies in the Heavenly Tabernacle and it was sprinkled on the mercy seat. Jesus blood was not lost on earth but was applied just like it was by the high priest in the earthly tabernacle. It served as a perfect illustration of what Jesus did for us as our High Priest. Because of this, He obtained eternal redemption for us. Our salvation is secure in Jesus and it is something we can never lose (John 3:36).
He stands before God the Father on our behalf. Those for whom Christ shed His blood are forgiven because they are completely freed from the curse of the law (Romans 8:1; Galatians 3:13). When Christ was made to be sin for us, He was made a curse for us. When He died under the curse of the law for us, removing our sins, He removed us from the curse. Where there is no sin there can be no curse. Believers have been completely justified by the death of Christ. Justification is received by faith, but it was fully accomplished at Calvary. Christ was ‘delivered for our offenses, and raised again for our justification’ (Romans 4:25). Because He obtained eternal redemption for us, our salvation is secure in Him and it is something we can never lose (John 3:36). To be justified is to be cleared of all charges, to be just as if I had never sinned. No charge will be laid against God’s elect, because God has fully justified us in Christ (Romans 8:33). And all who were crucified with Christ will be with Christ in Heaven. When Christ died as our Substitute, He arose and ascended back into Heaven as our Representative before God (Ephesians 2:4-5). All things are done by His power and authority (Matthew 28:18). Praise God for the finished work of Christ!
It is said that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once had captured a prince and his family. When they came before him, the monarch asked the prisoner, "What will you give me if I release you?" "The half of my wealth," was his reply. "And if I release your children?" "Everything I possess." "And if I release your wife?" "Your Majesty, I will give myself." Cyrus was so moved by his devotion that he freed them all. As they returned home, the prince said to his wife, "Wasn't Cyrus a handsome man!" With a look of deep love for her husband, she said to him, "I didn't notice. I could only keep my eyes on you, the one who was willing to give himself for me." Jesus gave, not only the ultimate sacrifice, but the final sacrifice. Because once Jesus offered Himself, there was nothing further that needed to be done. Praise God that we have the perfect and complete sacrifice in Jesus. There is no greater love that has ever shown that compares to what Jesus has done for us.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I thank You for sending Jesus, Your only begotten Son, to pay my sin debt. He gave His all for me and has allowed me access to You in Heaven. Help me to share this joy I have with others. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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