Ever have trouble holding onto your faith? Ever feel so battered and beaten down by life in general and you wonder if living by faith is all worth it? Have you ever sat there and wondered if Jesus thought the same thing as He was getting nailed to the cross?
I know the answer to the last question. Jesus knew we were worth it because our heavenly Father thought we were worth it. The overall picture of this chapter is simple. We don’t need the constant reminder of our sins the sacrificial system from the Old Testament provided because Christ died once and for all for our sins.
If we start our examination of this concept from verse one we see them again mentioning how the old way of doing things was just a shadow of things to come. In addition, they were inferior because those sacrifices had to be repeatedly made. I don’t know about you, but when I do something wrong and own it, I don’t want to relive it repeatedly. I don’t need to hear, “I told you so” or be reminded of how I screwed up. That’s already sitting in my head. So, if you think about it, the sacrifices being offered were a constant reminder of these things. That is what I like to call guilt obedience.
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would make you feel so guilty about something you didn’t do? So you did it because you felt so bad you disappointed them. Yeah, God doesn’t want that kind of obedience. He doesn’t want us to be obedient because we feel bad. He wants us to be obedient because we love Him. See, we already know we are guilty. How? When we sin, willfully or otherwise, we feel it, we sense it and we know it through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. So what do we need to do, willingly and humbly go and confess it before God. Jesus is there, trust me on that. He’s there advocating for you and me and letting God know, “Yes Father, Andres screwed up again, but he is one of Mine. I’m still working on him.” I usually picture that conversation ending with, “You sure You want him up here?” But I now come to a very important point from this chapter, going it alone.
I, personally, am a loner. I prefer the company of my cats and my dog to people. Mainly because my animals don’t talk back unless they want food. However, in my walk of faith, I cannot do that alone. The walk that I walk is my own, and no one else’s. However, we have to recognize there is a reason the Lord wants such a diverse and eclectic hodgepodge of people in His kingdom. I personally think it’s about perspective. See we all have our situations and we all view them from our own perspective. But what about someone who went through pretty much the same thing. What about how they got through it? But wait, you are probably thinking, I can get that from anyone. Right, but they will not always be spiritually-minded with Christ being first.
Psalm 1:1-21 Blessed is the manWho walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,Nor stands in the path of sinners,Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And in His law he meditates day and night.