This last weekend we had a revival at our church from which I was able to gain ground and strength in my soul. One of the messages was about this great hope that we have in and because of Christ. One scripture that was brought was Hebrews 7:19 “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” KJV The beauty of this spoke to me and as I have read further in the scripture and meditated on this thought I have marveled at the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus was for us.

The Amplified Bible: Hebrews 7 verses 19 through 28
For the Law never made anything perfect, but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.

And it was not without the taking of an oath [that Christ was made Priest],

For those who formerly became priests received their office without its being confirmed by the taking of an oath by God, but this One was designated and addressed and saluted with an oath, the Lord has sworn and will not regret it or change His mind, You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. [Psalms 110:4]

In keeping with [the oath’s greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement – a more excellent and more advantageous covenant.

[Again, the former successive line of priests] was made up of many, because they were each prevented by death from continuing [perpetually in office];

But He holds His priesthood unchangeably because He lives on forever.

Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost – completely, perfectly, finally and for all time and eternity – those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting, holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners and exalted higher than the heavens.

He has no day by day necessity, as [do each of these other] high priests, to offer sacrifice first of all for his own [personal] sans and then for those of the people; because He [met] all the requirements] once for all when He brought Himself [as a sacrifice] which He offered up.

For the Law sets up men in their weakness [frail, sinful, dying human beings] as high priests, but the word of [God’s] oath, which [was spoken later], after the institution of the Law, [chooses and appoints as priest One Whose appointment is complete and permanent], a Son Who has been made perfect forever.

It is so beautiful to me that we no longer have to live under the law. All the way up until Christ sacrifice and rising from the dead, God’s people had to offer a sacrifice every year for their sins. They were never free of them; they were just rolled forward till the next sacrifice. I am thankful for that better hope that we have in Christ. Through ONE final sacrifice, he paid for our sins, not only those sins that were previously committed but those that were still yet to come. He took that weight upon himself and showed us the most perfect love. Jesus is the high priest that is able to save us from ALL our sins and intercede for us before God. It is through him we have an example of how we should and can live holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. Because of his sacrifice we are able to live a righteous and holy life through power that he supplies.

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