Day 11

New Covenant Ministry

from the Hebrews reading plan


Hebrews 9:1-28, Leviticus 16:6-19, 1 Timothy 2:5-6

BY Kasey Moffett

A few doors down from us lives a Muslim family with kids similar in age to our son. They are devout—they practice Ramadan, fasting, and have rhythms of learning the Koran with their kids. 

Their family seems to mirror how our family is devout in our faith—we pray together, attend church, and recite the truths of Scripture with our family.  

We are both sincere in our beliefs and catechizing our kids. Which of us is following a true God? This is not meant to be an apologetic devotional, only to ask the question, and remind ourselves—Why do we follow Jesus? 

Is it because He had principles for how life can go well for us? Is it because culturally we enjoy going to church and being part of a community? Is it because we think obedience will lead to a better life? 

Or is it because He died and rose again as our Great High Priest?

The book of Hebrews is a gold mine of biblical doctrine. The early Church knew that what we believe matters, and we should too. What does the theology of Jesus being our sacrificial lamb and High Priest mean for us practically?

First, we can trust in the purifying blood of Jesus today (Hebrews 9:13–14). The Israelites had the Levite priests as mediators between God and man. The tabernacle and sacrificial system served as a physical representation of the bloody and violent nature of sin and what is required for redemption. Let your senses wander to the sights, smells, and noises of the priests sacrificing an animal. Atoning for sin is not tame. Jesus dying and resurrecting covered our sin once and for all. 

Second, we have obtained eternal redemption (v.15). Jesus’s death and resurrection fulfilled the sacrificial law. If you ever wonder why we don’t sacrifice animals anymore, this is why. As the God-man, His sacrifice atoned for the wages of sin, and forgiveness has been extended to us as believers—forever (v.26).

Finally, we can rest in the promise that He will come back for us (v.28). We are weary, aren’t we? Raising a family is demanding. A full-time desk job feels futile. Our broken bodies groan. We feel as though we can’t take one more devastating news story. 

Our Jesus is coming back for us. Let us keep our hearts ever resting in His finished work on the cross, as the “good things that have come” (v.11) as we also look forward to the good things to come.

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44 thoughts on "New Covenant Ministry"

  1. adaynasmile says:

    We know that while other religions have to work their way into God’s graces and into heaven, we have our way already paid for by the Heavenly Father, and His precious Son, Jesus Christ. It is not because of anything that we have done, but because of what He has done, that allows us to have rest and HOPE secure in Him. If we are devout in any other religion, we have done good works, but we do not have the HOPE that comes from Christ. If we have Christ, we will do things that appear to be good works, simply because of our changed nature from following God. This is different than doing things out of fear or obligation. The one thing that Christ brings and other religions do not, is a promise of a future with Him, a sure foundation, and hope for what is to come. No other religion or belief will ever be able to bring that.

  2. Sandra Nichols says:

    The sure hope that we can rest in. “Jesus is coming back”. ❤❤❤

  3. Ariel Harris says:

    I agree!

  4. Heidi V says:

    @Sarah D. I have not read this book but it comes highly recommended by a couple of friends who struggled with anxiety, it’s called D.A.R.E. They report that it’s a life changing book and a third friend was just speaking about it yesterday saying it is life changing. Apparently there is an app as well. I don’t usually recommend books I haven’t read myself yet, but your request for suggestions made me think of this right away.

  5. Patti McLean says:

    ❤️❤️❤️

  6. Patti McLean says:

    The gospel. Right there.

  7. Jenna Sampson says:

    What a beautiful testimony ❤️❤️

  8. Alex Henault says:

    Amen.

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