Our scripture today is Hebrews 9:11-15.
“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) 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. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
Paul writes of how the priests of the Abrahamic Covenant made sacrifices for the sins of the people. He then explains how much more God has done for us in the New Covenant through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord. In Him we have the final sacrifice for all of God’s children, and we are set free from the reign of sin.
We have a responsibility in this, not that we could do anything to save ourselves, but by accepting Jesus Christ we connect with God totally and forever. Some of our communion liturgies state “we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice”, a promise to dedicate our lives to doing His will. By this, we become part of the work of His kingdom.
We have much to do in this troubled world, many are in need of help we can’t give as individuals. This is where the church is called as the body of Christ to help our brothers and sisters. Pray for ways to be part of this effort, that all may be cared for through the love of God.
Loving Lord, we have been blessed to be a blessing to the world. Help us to see the needs and answer them with the resources and love You have given us. Amen.