I love the book of Hebrews because it’s full of rich imagery. Over and over, the author refers to an Old Testament image or story and then shows how Jesus completes it: He is deeper and He is better! He fulfills the sacrificial system as the faultless, once-and- for-all sacrificial Lamb. He is the ultimate High Priest, entering into the Holy Place and able to intercede for us eternally. His covenant is not graven in stone as the ten commandments were, but written on our very hearts!
As we read about these Old Testament rituals and sacrifices, and the lengths people had to go to to approach a holy God, we must recognize what an incredible gift the access we have through Christ is. Through Jesus the Lamb and Jesus the High Priest, we draw near to God. And we don’t have to come like they did in the Old Testament. We come with reverence, but also boldly, wrapped in the righteousness of Christ and confident in His intercession.
As I read about this, I was struck by the fact that I don’t take advantage of this incredible access I have to God. Right this minute, I can pray, confess my sins, ask for mercy and grace in my time of need, and hear from the Lord in His Word. I do not need to perform a new sacrifice, or pray that the blood of the lamb will be enough, or depend on a human High Priest. I am a fool if I don’t avail myself of this glorious access. So, let me - let us - draw near.