Sermon Recap — May 19, 2024

Sermon Recap

A Better Covenant

Hebrews 9:11-28, 10:1-18
Jeremy Bell
May 19, 2024
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Sermon Theme: The author is saying saying – the real Redeemer has come. The One that all of the Old Testament was pointing to has arrived, so don’t turn back from the real Redeemer to hold on to a shadow! True, final redemption – the complete forgiveness of your sins, has come in Christ. Therefore don’t go back to what was intended to prepare us for Christ’s arrival. To turn back to the Old Covenant system would be to turn away from Christ Himself!

I’ve sought to summarize the text by comparing and contrasting the Old and the New Covenants. These truths are lifted out of the text that we’ve read:

Old Covenant New Covenant
Covenant of Law Covenant of Grace
Made obsolete by Christ Eternally established in Christ
Blood of goats and bulls Perfect blood of Christ
Powerless to save Powerful to save
A flawed, human priesthood A perfect, eternal priesthood
Repeatedly offered sacrifices Once-for-all sacrifice
Once a year representation Constant representation before God
Temporary in scope Eternal in scope
Law written on stone tablets Law written on our hearts
Conscience burdened Conscience cleansed
Made ceremonially clean Made pure & righteous before God

“These animal sacrifices symbolized the payment for sin, but they did not accomplish it. No animal was worthy of paying the price for a human being’s sin before a holy God.” — ESV Study Bible

I. Sin demands the shedding of blood

  • Our sin is an offense to God. Sin is treason against God and His will.
  • He is our Creator; He is our rightful King, And when we sin against Him, when we go our own way, when we disobey His will, it’s treason against God.
  • Sin alienates us from God and brings death, therefore, sin brings death. And death is the result of sin.
  • Sin requires atonement; it requires forgiveness.
  • By nature, we want to trivialize sin. We want to minimize it. God instituted the sacrifices in the OT to get a point across.  Requiring blood was meant to help people to come in repentance and humility.
  • Recognizing the reality of our sin before a perfect and holy God is the first step to understanding our condition

II. Christ’s blood perfectly cleanses us from all sin

  • This is the very heartbeat of the good news of the gospel. This is the joy we proclaim!
  • That though “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23), God in love has provided a perfect and thorough cleansing in Christ.
  • The benefits of a cleansed heart:
    • Full and free forgiveness
    • A clean conscience
    • An eternally secure future
    • A deep and abiding peace
    • God remembers our sins no more
    • God changes our hearts to live for Him

Questions for Discussion/Application:

  • Consider reading through the Old Covenant/New Covenant comparison chart above. In reading through it, what are some of the things that stand out to you regarding the superiority of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant?
  • For your average faithful Israelite, who participated in the sacrificial system in faith — what do you think may have been the emotional impact of the constant animal sacrifices? In what ways do you think the sacrificial system and system of temple/tabernacle worship helped the Old Testament people of God to understand something of the holiness of God, the sinfulness of sin and their need for a Savior?
  • Jeremy pointed out that it is human nature to trivialize sin. In what ways can we be guilty of doing that in our own lives? In what ways does the book of Hebrews help us not to trivialize sin?
  • Review the list under point #2 regarding the benefits of a cleansed heart. Which of those benefits do you find yourself today, particularly grateful for?
  • In what ways do you want to grow personally in reflecting more regularly on the gospel — on who Jesus is and what He is done? Another way to ask the same question is, “how do you want to grow in preaching the gospel to yourself daily?” What are some things you are doing or have done in the past that have helped you to meditate on the gospel?
  • What is your favorite verse that helps you to reflect on who Jesus is and what He has done? What is your favorite worship song that helps you to that same end?
  • Consider taking time to pray, asking God to deepen our gratitude and our appreciation for the gospel–for who Jesus is and what He has done.

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