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The importance of Christís death

Hebrews 9:14

The author of Hebrews explained the Bible well; he was a good teacher. But his intention was not merely to explain and to teach. He wanted to influence his readers. In other words, he wanted to use words that would have a powerful effect on their lives (Hebrews 3:13).

He wrote his book about 20 or 30 years after Christís death. And he wrote it because he was worried about some Christians (Hebrews 5:11-12). Those Christians were not developing and becoming mature in their relationship with God. The author was afraid that they might neglect Christís work to save them (Hebrews 2:1-3). They still cared very much about other Christians (Hebrews 6:10). But they were starting to act as if Christís death was unimportant. Or, as if Christ was merely the great man who established their religion.

So the author showed how much Christís death matters. It mattered both for them then and for us now. He wrote about Israelís system of priests. That system was neither complete nor perfect. But by it, God had said that his people could have a relationship with him. That system continued for about 1500 years. During all that time, Godís people were waiting for him to establish a new and better relationship with them.

And then, suddenly, God did it. He did it by means of Christís death. Christ died once, so that Godís people can be free from the power of sin (evil deeds) for all time (Hebrews 9:26).

It was not Godís intention to destroy what he had done by Israelís priests, but rather to complete it (Matthew 5:17). They had offered the blood of animals as their sacrifices (gifts) to God. God accepted those gifts, and he allowed people to have a relationship with him because of those gifts.

But Christ offered a better and more perfect sacrifice. When he died, he offered his own blood. It was the blood of Godís perfect Son. God accepted that one, perfect sacrifice. And by it, people can receive a new and living relationship with him (Hebrews 10:19-20). It is not like the relationship that Israelís priests and people had. They had to stay separate from God. Their sin did not allow them to be in the place where the holy God was present.

But Christís work is both complete and perfect. God can forgive all our sin because of Christ. It is only because of Christís death that we can serve God in a proper manner.

Without Christ and his death, the Christian religion has no value. But because of Christís death, we can have a real and living relationship with God.

Next part: A covenant, a mediator, and a death (Hebrews 9:15)


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