“For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (9:24)
Sometimes I feel like my greatest understanding of Jesus can only come through a mosaic who’s pieces I’m still slowly finding. Hebrews contains much of that, with the systematic development of His ranking being above Moses and Angels, His priesthood being more Melchizedek than Levite, and now His tabernacle being the original heavenly one Moses’ was based on.
My brain cannot contain all this at once. I’ve gotta look at it piece by piece, but we might get a good look at the big picture someday (who knows how eternity will roll that out).
“So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” (9:28)
This verse reminded me of Jesus’ last words on the cross: “It is finished”. I think one of the most confusing concepts in Christian theology is the finished/dead doctrines concerning sin. It feels very much alive. Maybe it’s just because we live on a dying earth and we feel in ourselves a great tendency towards chaos.
This earth we live on is not “as it is in heaven”, which is why we are directed to pray for that. Just as the tabernacle was a tiny rendition of The LORD’s place of presence, we are living in a lessor reality.
What is true in heaven is more perfectly true than what we experience and surmise from our places on earth. Somehow, death has been defeated, it’s stinger removed. The next time Jesus comes it won’t be about sin? That seems odd, doesn’t it? But it’s what He’s been trying to tell us! He has made a way where there seemed to be no way. Where, O death, is your sting? He will come to bring Heaven and Earth once and for all. It’s reality will finally be the reality we experience.