19 Brothers and sisters, we are not afraid to enter the Most Holy Room. We enter boldly because of the blood of Jesus. 20 His way is new because he lives. It has been opened for us through the curtain. I’m talking about his body. 21 We also have a great priest over the house of God. 22 So let us come near to God with an honest and true heart. Let us come near with a faith that is sure and strong. Our hearts have been sprinkled. Our minds have been cleansed from a sense of guilt. Our bodies have been washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold firmly to the hope we claim to have. The One who promised is faithful. 24 Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. 25 Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.
In the Old Testament, Israel and the priests could not enter the most holy place. Only the high priest can get into the Most Holy Place once a year and never without the shedding of blood for himself and the sins of people.
After Jesus died on the cross for our sin, we can now have the confidence to enter the most holy place by the blood of Jesus. A new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.
The life of a new way to the most holy place is like:
- Draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance of faith
- Hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful
- Consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
- Not giving up meeting together
- But encouraging one another
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I fully understand the cost of the new way to the most holy place?
- Do I live in a new way (with Jesus) or still on my own way?
Dear Lord, thank you for your love — dying on the cross for my sin. You bring me a new life with hope. Draw me close to you as I walk with you day by day. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu