Let Us . . .
Under the old covenant, the holy of holies—situated in the
back of the tabernacle (photo)—was the most sacred place
on earth. Only the high priest, after a process of ritual
cleansing, could enter this most holy place and only once a
year on the Day of Atonement. (photo-priest)
For everyone else—even other priests—it was off limits.
When the tent of the tabernacle was replaced by the temple
in Jerusalem, a giant curtain continued to separate the most
holy place from the rest of the temple.
(photo) At the moment Jesus died, this massive curtain was
torn in two, from top to bottom. (Matthew 27:51)
The writer of Hebrews proclaims this dramatic change from
the old system to the new. (And so – Let us. . . )
19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter
heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood to forgive our
sins – AND SO we can enter into God Holy presence.
20 By-his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way
through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
And so . . .
1. Let us Come
21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over
God’s house, 22 let us go (COME, approach, draw near,
WORSHIP) right into the presence of God with sincere
hearts fully trusting him.
Come – Let us draw near to God. Let us worship.
The blood of Jesus makes a way for us to come to God.
We have to trust Him and we get to come.
Trust God, Come near!
For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s
blood to make us CLEAN, and our bodies have been
washed with pure water.
Christ’s blood cleans us up – (Imagine going on a big date.
Prom night 1969- off work, borrowed car, washed, dressed
up – texudo, dinner at the Space Needle, Olympic Hotel)
This is the kind of dedication we put into following Christ
demonstrating a changed lifestyle.
Jesus died to make it possible.Let us get close to God.
Christ made the way, Come.
2. Let us Hold
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess
Hold tight, affirm, profess – make confession of your hope!
God will keep his promise. He can be trusted and He trusts
you to take hold of that hope and share it.
3. Let us Think
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love
and good works.
Don’t just kick someone and expect them to change.
Take time and consider how we may spur one another on
show love and demonstrate love with kind acts.
4. Let us Meet – Let us not give up meeting together
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some
We are meeting here in person for the first time in four
months. But we have been meeting online each week. If you
can’t be here physically, be presence spiritually. It is harded
to do church this way, do it anyway.
22 but encourage one another, especially now that the day of
his return is drawing near.