When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:8-10 ESV
I have been trekking my way through Hebrews as of late. It is an amazing book, one that is usually only mentioned of in it’s regards to the virtue of faith, but it is full of such greater truth. This letter performs a vital necessity in showing how Christ fulfilled and perfected the old covenant, and established the new covenant. We no longer have to have yearly sacrifices by a high priest for the remission of sins; Christ, the transcendent and eternal high priest, paid once and for all by His sacrifice on the cross (10:12).
Besides the overwhelming correlation of the old testaments fulfillment by Christ, another truth struck me hard in my night’s reading: God takes away in order to make room for that which is better.
In the context of Hebrews, God removed the requirements of sacrificial law to make way for Christ’s eternal atonement. This can be applied to our lives in so many ways. We wonder why God acts the way He does. We wonder how on earth this could be “good”. We know the verses in Romans (8:28) that speak of God ultimately working good in the lives of those that love HIm, but as soon as tragedy hits, we buckle at the knees in sorrow. This descent shows a lack of faith.
Believe, my dear brother or sister, and trust that God is cleaning house. He is removing all that hinders you from seeing His capabilities for your life. Have faith that He is removing the good to make way for the better.
I end with one of my favorite lines from a song written by one of my favorite bands mewithoutYou:
Open wide my doors, do whatever makes me love You more.
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