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June 2, 2024

Jesus Does It Better (Hebrews 8-9)

Passage: Hebrews 8-9
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The sermon "Jesus Does It Better" from Hebrews 8-9 delivered by Pastor Allen Victor at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville explored the superiority of Jesus' ministry, tabernacle, covenant, and sacrifice. The sermon emphasized that Jesus, as our High Priest, performed a superior ministry by completing His work, serving in a better tabernacle, establishing a better covenant, and offering a better sacrifice.

In discussing Jesus' superior ministry, Pastor Victor referenced Hebrews 8:1, highlighting that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, signifying the completion of His work. Unlike the earthly priests whose work was never finished, Jesus' single sacrifice was sufficient to redeem all men of their sin. This completion offers believers rest from striving to earn salvation or fear of judgment, emphasizing that God's work is finished, and we are invited to rest in that assurance.

The sermon continued with an exploration of the better tabernacle, referencing Hebrews 8:2-5. Pastor Victor explained that the earthly tabernacle and temple were mere copies and shadows of the heavenly reality. The temporary and mobile nature of the tabernacle and the later permanence of the temple, despite being David's idea and not God's original intent, underscored the temporary nature of the old covenant. The earthly tabernacle was a placeholder until the real, heavenly tabernacle was revealed through Jesus. Believers are encouraged to embrace the reality of God's presence directly rather than settling for symbolic representations.

Next, Pastor Victor delved into the better covenant established by Jesus, as seen in Hebrews 8:6-12. The old covenant, mediated by Moses, was based on the law and required constant sacrifices that could never fully atone for sin. In contrast, the new covenant mediated by Jesus is based on grace and promises complete forgiveness and transformation. This covenant is unconditional, written on the hearts of believers, and ensures that God will remember their sins no more.

The description of the tabernacle, detailed in Hebrews 9:1-5, illustrated the limitations of the old covenant. The Holy Place and the Holy of Holies required continuous rituals by the high priests to maintain a relationship with God. These rituals, although necessary, were imperfect and temporary. The high priest, burdened by his own sins, could only offer temporary atonement. This section underscored the imperfection and temporary nature of the old covenant.

Pastor Victor then shifted to the better sacrifice offered by Jesus, as described in Hebrews 9:11-15. Jesus served in a greater, heavenly tabernacle and offered His own blood as a sacrifice, unlike the repeated sacrifices of animals that could never fully cleanse from sin. Jesus' sacrifice was once for all, obtaining eternal redemption. The illustration of credit card payments versus Jesus' full payment on the cross highlighted the sufficiency and finality of His sacrifice.

The concept of the last will and testament, mentioned in Hebrews 9:16-17, emphasized that Jesus' death activated the new covenant, much like a will goes into effect upon the death of the testator. Through Jesus' death, believers inherit eternal life and are included in His will by becoming children of God.

The necessity of bloodshed for forgiveness, as stated in Hebrews 9:18-22, was reinforced. Pastor Victor explained that good works and apologies cannot remove sins; only the blood of Christ can purify and forgive sins. This reinforced the necessity and sufficiency of Jesus' sacrifice.

In conclusion, referencing Hebrews 9:23-28, Pastor Victor reminded the congregation that everyone faces death and judgment. However, those in Christ are judged already and need not fear. The sermon ended with a call to decision, urging listeners to choose Christ and receive the assurance of salvation.

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