Holy week


Saturday Reflection


3rd April 2021

...once for all...

10  For God's will was for us to be made holy
   by the sacrifice of the body of
   Jesus Christ, once for all time.

....Hebrews 10:10

It was Saturday and Jesus' body rested in the tomb.
What were the disciples doing?
How were they feeling?
They had been separated from their Lord
in the most horrendous way.
They were still reeling
from the effects of Good Friday.

We live in a world that loves to separate people;
the haves from the have-nots;
the leaders from the followers;
the experienced from the inexperienced.
We are classified by race, gender,
education, career and economic status.
Depending on which side of the invisible
dividing line we fall,
we have access to
the good things or not.

We see a very clear dividing line,
in the Old Testament,
between God and Israel,
there were regulations for worship,
known as the tabernacle.

The tabernacle had two important rooms:
the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.
These rooms, divided a curtain,
were only for the priests.

In Hebrews 9 it says;

6  When these things were all in place,
   the priests regularly entered the first room
   as they performed their religious duties.
7  But only the high priest ever entered
   the Most Holy Place, and only once a year.
   And he always offered blood for his own sins
   and for the sins the people
   had committed in ignorance.

Only one day a year the high priest could
cross the threshold of separation and
enter the Most High Place
to offer sacrifice that would
atone for the people's sins.
That was as close to God
that anyone could get.

Day after day, year after year,
God's people had a physical line,
a curtain, reminding them to stay
separated from the Holy Place
because they were not holy.

But from the moment sin entered this world
God had been working his way closer to us,
longing to be with us and restore the
spiritual intimacy lost in the
Garden of Eden.
And on Good Friday, yesterday,
our amazing God finished his journey
back to us, when Jesus offered
one final sacrifice for our sins -
himself on the cross.

37  Then Jesus uttered another loud cry
   and breathed his last.
38  And the curtain in the sanctuary
   of the Temple was torn in two,
   from top to bottom.

....Mark 15:37-38

12  With his own blood -
   not the blood of goats and calves -
   he entered the Most Holy Place
   once for all time and secured
   our redemption forever.

...Hebrews 9:12

10  For God's will was for us
   to be made holy by the sacrifice
   of the body of Jesus Christ,
   once for all time.

14  For by that one offering he forever
   made perfect those who
   are being made holy.

...Hebrews 10:10,14

By accepting Jesus' death on the cross
for our sins, we are made holy,
fulfilling God's desire for us;
and we can enter into the Most Holy place
to meet directly with God.
What a gift we have been given;
no more separation
but accepted children of God.

Let us thank Jesus for his great sacrifice.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice'
sung with Magdalene Shodavaram
(with lyrics)'
via the link shown below.