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The heart of our Episthe this week, from Hebrews 9:24-28, is that Jesus is the one special high priest who makes an offering good forever. All else points to Jesus as the reality. This takes us who have always lived around materialism some effort to deal with.
We are used to having a sharp distinction between what we think is real and what is abstract. Please read that last sentence again. Now let’s unpack it a little bit. We will easily admit the reality of some abstract things. Just because they are immaterial doesn’t make them unreal. A memory, the concept of intelligence, love, courage, and loyalty are all things we quickly admit are not only real, but good.
What about that concept of good? We may be more troubled by it. Is it real? Is it imaginary? How do we define it? Likewise we have trouble with admitting a firm identification of evil, sin, cowardice, and the like. This becomes a problem when we try to identify what good Jesus is. We want to substitute easy alternatives for some of those more abstract things Jesus takes care of. Sin, shame, guilt, and fear are presented as problems, real problems, in the Bible. Jesus’ death as our substitute is presented as the solution. He took our sin upon himself and made it die when he died.
It would be so easy to create substitutes which we think of as real. But this is not the way God did it. The visible temple points to the invisible gathering of Christians in every age. The preached Word of God points to the invisible confidence we have. The visible elements of Christian worship point to the now invisible Jesus, who depart frm earth afte his resurrection. The pastor’s words are powerful only as they are used to do the work of Jesus’ words.
Jesus is the real one, and He has accomplished all that is needed to rescue from sin and death. This is ultimate reality.
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