What a glorious reality to wake up to this morning: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It is my prayer that this has captivated your hearts since yesterday morning. Hopefully in the busyness of Sunday afternoons you were able to find some time to rest and meditate upon the seriousness of your sin, and the greatness of the Lamb who alone has power to take away sin. Remember He does this by taking sin away from us, and upon Himself.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
We were also able to rejoice in the truth that He not only takes something away from us, but He also gives us something, namely His Spirit. In fact, He baptizes us in the Spirit. This is the two-fold reality of conversion: the taking away of sin, and the plunging into the Holy Spirit.
It can all be summed up in the greatness of Hebrews 10:18, “Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” The Lamb of God has sufficiently, and eternally taken away the sin of His people. You could say, “It is finished” (See what I did there).
Moving on from that, the question follows, what does this mean for our every day lives? It sounds great on Sunday, but what about today? The answer aims right at the root of who the church is, and what the church does?
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
This statement is referring to all that Jesus accomplished with His first coming, his death and resurrection.
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:19-25
So first of all, let’s look at what Jesus accomplished as the Lamb of God:
- He has given believers confidence to enter the presence of God. Notice this is not just access, but access with confidence!
- He opened this access by the sacrifice of His flesh. This points us back to seeing Jesus as the Lamb of God.
- He has become our great High Priest. This communicates the truth that Christ is eternally standing before God on our behalf. You can read all about this in Hebrews chapters 8 & 9.
Now the author moves into the real-life implications of the accomplishments of the Lamb of God:
- We use our confidence and access, to draw near to God, with full assurance of faith. There is no place for doubt. When we approach God all fear of rejection or denial of access is gone.
- Our hearts, that is our inner man, has been cleaned and made free from the guilt of an evil conscience, and our bodies have been washed, set free from sin. We have the freedom to live a life pleasing to God.
- We can hold fast to the confession of our faith in Christ, not because of our faithfulness, but because He who promised is faithful.
- We use all of these blessings to stir up one another to love and good works. This is the tangible faith we have been called to. This is where Sunday meets Monday. This is where the Church becomes more than a social gathering.
- We do not neglect to meet together. We must not be mistaken to believe this can be done on our own. God has designed the Church to function like a body, and no body part can survive on it’s own.
- We must encourage one another, all the more since the day of Christ’s return is getting closer by the second.
The Lamb of God accomplished everything He came to do, that is why He said at His death, “It is finished”. Now it is our privilege to live in the glorious freedom of His accomplishments and be the Church He calls us to be.
Stir up one another. Love one another. Call one another to good works. Encourage one another. Be the Church the Lamb died for.