So Near Yet So Far

So Near

11 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) 12 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. 13 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, 14 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.

15 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.16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship.22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:11-28

Isn’t it amazing that the agreement Christ did 2000 years ago still hasn’t expired?

When you compare how the world looks like 2000 years ago to how it looks like today, you can see great changes. People before doesn’t even have a clue what buses, cars, and airplanes even look like because they travel with donkeys, camels and chariots. They don’t even have a clue before that democratic government is possible because they only knew about the monarchy type of government (in fact, most of them don’t know that term even exist). Before, they show how sorrowful they are by wearing sackcloth, but today, wearing it doesn’t mean anything. And most of all, telling the Good News then was a threat to their lives most of the time, but now, we can even freely blog about it.

It’s amazing how God’s Word that was once written in scrolls and in Hebrew and Greek languages is now printed in different languages. And of course, it is already written in different kinds of papers and already presented as books. We even have modern apps for any bible versions, and we could even easily download it to our ipads and tablets, which are way to far different from the stone tablets Moses carried down from Mount Sinai.

Isn’t it amazing that even how much this world change, it didn’t affect the new covenant given to us by God through the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the Cross? That fact should make us worship Him more, because His love never fails and His kindness and mercy is still seen in this modern world. It gives us that feeling that what Christ was done before seems to be near to us today, although it was already done 2000 years ago.

Although I wasn’t there weeping when He died on the Cross, and jumping for joy when He was raised from the dead, I know it was done to free me from slavery in the hands of the enemy so that I can worship Him for eternity. I know all Christians feel the same way. The Cross comforts us and humbles us down, and make us realize that we cannot save ourselves because any amount of animal sacrifices, just like in the old covenant, will not save us from God’s wrath and fury. It should be done by Someone who knew no sin, so that the sacrifice will be the purest of all. In Christ, we don’t need priests to become our mediators to God, because He is now our High Priest, and even interceeding for us in heaven (Romans 8:34). 🙂

There are times that I feel this longing inside my heart to already see Christ face to face. It seems like no amount of earthly pleasures can be compared to what is about to come for those who are waiting for Christ. But I know the answer why it took God too long to end this world:

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

2 Peter 3:8-9

The LORD is not slow to fulfill His promise. He’s just patient so that all should reach repentance. Let’s patiently wait for Christ, and at the same time share the Good News. Let’s pray for our loved ones that someday they will come to believe Christ as our only Savior, and since they believe, they will also humble themselves and come to repentance. 

It doesn’t matter how far historically was the time that Jesus Christ died for His people. What matters most is, it’s still real for us. The power of the Cross is known to the hearts of His people for it is written:

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” 17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Hebrews 10:16-17

God bless you, reader.

All Glory belongs to God alone. 🙂

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