Hebrews 9

Hebrews 9 talks about the reality of sin.  Today it seems that everyone tries to downplay sin.  It really isn’t that bad is it?  After all, I am not an axe murderer or terrible sinner.  Just a few little things that may not quite be done God’s way – but He doesn’t expect perfection and total obedience.  There are plenty of folks that are worse than me – I am a pretty good person.  I treat my family and friends well most of the time. I don’t hurt others….much.  I try to follow the rules that government and society has…..at least when I agree with them.  Doesn’t everyone cheat a little on their taxes and steal a little time from their employer.  They won’t ever miss a few pencils or that stapler I needed at home.  Any of that sound familiar?  Sin is when we miss the mark in meeting God’s expectations.  And in case you wonder – you are guilty of sin just like me.  We all sin.  Scripture says clearly that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  It is our reality. 

This chapter deals with the gravity of sin.  It can’t be dealt with simply – “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins”.  Sin is serious business.  There is a price to pay.  Jesus “entered once for all…..by means of His own blood….securing an eternal redemption”.  Did you catch that?  Jesus – perfect and without sin – took our place and shed His blood to pay for your sin and mine.  He “offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God”.  Jesus paid the price.  He took our place and paid our bill which cost Him everything.  We must not cheapen the consequence of sin.  That cheapens the price Jesus paid on the Cross.  It is a big deal.  We have a sin problem and the consequence is death.  Jesus overcame that for us.  He has set us free.

The writer reminds us that sin takes several forms.  There are sins of commission – where we make an intentional choice to disobey and miss the mark of God’s requirements.  Those are the willful things we do because we are hard headed and stubborn.  Sort of the same response kids give their parents – they know what they are supposed to do but choose not to.  These sins are a choice we make.  Yes – you do it all the time.  It is the human nature.  But we learn here also about the “unintentional sins of the people”.  Can I sin without knowing it?  Maybe, but I think this is really referring to sins of omission.  Those things we fail to do that we know we are required or instructed to do.  These still come down to a choice – but sometimes our failure to choose to do what we should doesn’t seem as bad as doing what we shouldn’t.  Sin is sin – no matter what the form.  Jesus paid the price for all sin.

That in itself is a wonderful gift, but there is more.  “For Christ has entered…. into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf….He has appeared once for all….to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…. 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.”  He is coming back.  He is coming to bring us to eternal life and to escape the punishment of sin.  He has paid the price – He has bought our ticket to eternity.  We still need to live for Him and walk in obedience each day.  This is not a ticket to do whatever we want whenever we want to.  It is a promise to pay the price.  He has paid that.  Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice!

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