I’m reading Hebrews right now, and in Hebrews 8 and 9 the author connects the rituals and priesthood from the Old Testament, and shows how Jesus came to fulfill all of those and then enter into the true Holy of Holies and sit at His Father’s right hand. Pretty incredible. But then I read this:
(he’s writing about the once a year atonement for sins by the high priest)…
“According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,  but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. “
(Hebrews 9:9-10 ESV)
So even with all of these sacrifices for sins, they still can’t perfect the conscience of the worshiper? Because only the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, humanity was cut off from God. We had no access, but through one imperfect man, who was offering sacrifices that even then couldn’t provide peace and relief from a heavy conscience.
This makes Jesus all the more incredible. What he did, he laid his own body down as a human sacrifice, to atone for our sins, so that we may enter the presence of the Most Holy God. And not only did he die, but he came back to life and is now seated at the right hand of God. Incredible. If you don’t find this absolutely incredible, let’s have coffee or something, because you’re missing something.
The symbolism that God has created and interwoven into our entire world is just astounding because if you look at anything closely enough, you can see how it points back to the gospel, or sin, or himself. Nothing is created without His glory in mind. Even you and me.