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Christ Exalted
Heb. 10: 11-18

 
Introduction

 
Paul the Apostle is both comparing and contrasting our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with the Jewish priests. From Chapter 1 until Chapter 10 he keeps making comparisons to show the superiority of Christ to all.

 
I. The insufficiency of OT sacrifices (Heb. 10:11)
A. The Jewish priest stands daily at the altar, like a servant ministering, repeating the same sacrifices. This continual offering shows the imperfection of the sacrifices.
B. The Lord doesn’t really delight on it. Below are just some of the Bible verses to prove it:
1. Psalm 51:16-17 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
2. 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
3. Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
4. Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
C. From the verses or passages I cited above we can see that the OT sacrifices doesn’t really satisfy God, it cannot meet His righteous demands, and it can never take away sins and guilt from man’s hearts and minds.

 
Illustration/Application: The Best Gift
A rich man was down at the water front awaiting the departure of an ocean liner. He was joined by an acquaintance, who said to him, “You seem to be much pleased about something.” “Yes,” said the rich man, “I do feel unusually good today. Do you see that vessel at anchor in the North River? Well, I have on that vessel ten thousand dollars’ worth of equipment for a hospital in China, and I just came down to see the vessel safely off.” “Well, that is interesting, and I am glad you made that gift,” said the friend. “But you know I also have a gift on that ship. My only daughter is on that vessel, going to China to give her life as a missionary.” The wealthy man looked touchingly into the eyes of his friend and exclaimed, “My dear brother, I feel as though I have given nothing as I think of what this sacrifice means to you!”                          Heartwarming Bible Illustrations.

 
II. Christ Exalted (Heb. 10:12-14)
A. In comparison to the inadequacy of the Aaronic and Levitical priesthood, where tens of thousands of sacrifices cannot accomplish; Jesus accomplished with one sacrifice forever!
B. Christ’ s one offering takes away sin so completely that He sat down at the right hand of God (Heb. 10:11-13; Ps. 110:1).
C. Sitting down signifies the completion of Christ’s offering. The “right hand” is a place of exaltation and victory. It is an anthropomorphic metaphor to the place of royal power, authority, and pre-eminence. It is also the place of intercession (Rom. 8:34).
D. Footstool refers to the promise of Psalm 110:1 which will be fulfilled when Christ returns and all or everything will acknowledge His lordship by bowing at His feet (Phil. 2:10).
E. Those who have trusted Him need not fear, for they have been “perfected forever” (Heb. 10:14). Believers are “complete in Him” (Col 2:10). We have a perfect standing before God because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. This is very comforting and encouraging. It proves the eternal security of all believers who come to Christ.

 
Illustration/Application: God Painted Rainbow with Only Left Land
Mother: Look at the beautiful rainbow that God painted for us this morning.
Daughter: And just think, mommy, he did it all with his left hand!
Mother: What do you mean, sweetheart? Can’t God use both hands?
Daughter: Of course not, Mommy, Jesus is sitting on his right hand. (Col. 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 12:2)
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.

 
III. Law in Heart (Heb. 10: 15-18)
A. Whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness to us. That is, the Holy Ghost testifies to the truth that the one sacrifice made by the Redeemer lays the foundation for the eternal perfection of all who are sanctified.
B. I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (Hebrews 10:16) The law of God, once written on stones and impossible to obey, now becomes a matter of the heart. Our relationship with God is a heart relationship. The new covenant has to do with the heart. Christianity is an inner transformation.
C. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17) Here is one of the blessed benefits of salvation. God forgives and forgets. It’s as simple as that.
D. It is for certain that forgiven sin is gone. The Bible, speaking of Christ says, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7) The precious, powerful, pure and pardoning blood of Christ does not merely cover our sin, but it takes it away. (1 Jn. 1:9)
E. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Hebrews 10:18) Under the New Covenant there was only one sacrifice. Praise God, we do not need any further offering for Sin. Those who have trusted Christ for their salvation have been totally forgiven and declared to be righteous in Christ. Nothing needs to be added so far as the sacrifice goes. Salvation through Jesus Christ is perfect, and eternal.

 
Illustration/Application: “Korban”—Offering
The one Hebrew word, Korban, which is most often translated as “offering,” generally speaks of the remarkable fact that access to God is gained by means of the offering. The word appears almost 70 times in this respect. The New Testament counterpart, the Greek word prosphero, appears in the book of Hebrews 19 times, referring to the sacrificial sense. Hebrews 9:14 tells us that Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice without blemish, and verse 28 says, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.” He is the way to God.         A Treasury of Bible Illustrations.

 
IV. Conclusion:
Christ’s once and for all sacrifice did what the OT sacrifices cannot do. He is now seated at the right hand of God, a place of exaltation, victory, royal power, authority, and pre-eminence. The law of God, once written on stones and impossible to obey, now becomes a matter of the heart. Those who put their trust in Christ for their salvation are totally forgiven and declared righteous. My friend if you want to go to heaven when you die, repent from your sins now and receive Christ as your personal Saviour.

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