There is so much in this small section of Scripture. If we were preaching on this Sunday we would have to spend more than one day here!
As I read through this quickly I think there are several things that merit our immediate attention.
- Notice the repetitive nature of the temple sacrifice vs. the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus. Think about the burden of having to do the same thing over and over again just to try and maintain a relationship with God, and what his grace accomplished
- Note that Jesus says that God will "remember our sins no more" it is the one thing I have noticed in Scripture that God says at some point he cannot do. Once God forgives, he cannot remember our sins anymore
- Notice why the author mentions Jesus' sacrifice. He wants us to draw close to God and to one another
- Notice that the invitation to continue worshiping is couched in appeal to remember that Christ is coming soon,. Almost any time the end times is mentioned in the New Testament it is an invitation to live differently in the here and now