Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
The Most Holy Place, or the Holy of Holies, was behind a curtain in the innermost part of the tabernacle. (Exodus 26:31-34) God himself was present in the Most Holy Place, and it could only be entered by the Jewish High Priest one day a year, the Day of Atonement. On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest would make reparations for his and the Israelites’ sins by sacrificing a bull and a goat. Thereafter, the High Priest would lay his hands on a live goat, confess over it the sins of the Israelites, and send it away into the desert. (Leviticus 16:1-34)
Compare the duties of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement with what this passage says Jesus did when he died.
What is “the new and living way” that allowed us access into the Most Holy Place, or, into the presence of God?
What two things happen to us as we enter into the presence of God through Christ?
How do you see the last sentence of this passage relating to the prior sentences?
Father, thank you for making a way. Thank you for this once-and-for-all sacrifice. Thank you for providing the scapegoat. I don’t pretend to understand it all Lord, I’m still learning. But I think I forget some days that my sin has been placed fully on Jesus and carried away forever. Why do I live so many days with such doubt or like one whose hope rests on empty promises? I know who you are: You are a promise-keeper. I know what you’ve done: You have fulfilled your promises. God, let my gratefulness and assurance be reflected in the thoughts I think, the way I speak, the work of my hands, and the expanse of my love.
Go A Little Deeper:
Review Exodus 33:7-23 to read about Moses’ experience in the presence of the Lord.