Summary: A GREATER SACRIFICE (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Hebrews chapter 10 verses 1-18:
• The story of Daddy Long Legs is a book by Jean Webster;
• It has now been made into a film.
• It is the story of a little girl in an orphanage.
• She knows that there is a wealthy man who provides for the orphanage.
• But no-one knows who he is, he is never seen.
• One day the little girl sees his shadow cast onto a wall.
• Because of the position of the light;
• The shadow it is elongated and has tremendously long legs.
• She calls the shadow ‘daddy Long Legs’.
• And for years she dreams of this shadow.
• And then one day she meets the owner of the shadow and falls in love with him;
• He too falls in love with her and a relationship develops.
Now here is the point:
• Once she has got him she stops thinking about the shadow altogether.
• Because the substance is far better than the shadow.
• What would you think of her;
• If she went back to the shadow on the wall and tried to kiss it?
• We would say; “She must be crazy”;
• For she now has something far superior in the man himself.
You will have noted in your studies in the book of Hebrews:
• That these Hebrew Christians were being tempted to go back into Judaism;
• But the writer reminds them (and us) that would be like swapping substance for a shadow.
• All through this letter;
• The writer has shown his readers how the Old Testament is full of ‘types’ and ‘shadows’
• The substance of which they speak is Jesus Christ.
• Whose shadow is cast all over the Old Testament.
• But remember a shadow is distorted; depending on the position of the light;
• It never quite gives you the clear picture of what you want.
• It is the same yet very different; and different yet the same.
• And remember, you cannot have a shadow without the substance being real.
The writer of this letter is about to show his readers:
• How the Old Testament sacrifices were really shadows;
• And the death of Jesus Christ is the real substance to take note of!
• In this section the writer presented three benefits
• That explain why the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is superior to the Old Covenant sacrifices.
• The heading in my Bible for this chapter is:
• ‘Christ's sacrifice once and for all’.
• Verse 10 backs up that statement.
• That only in Jesus Christ is their forgiveness of sins.
• Sin, of course, is man's greatest problem.
• The barrier that cuts a person off from God.
• To know God and enjoy his presence;
• We need to be able to deal with the problem of sin.
• World that says it doesn’t matter what ‘religion’ you have;
• They all are basically the same.
• Ill: Spokes of a wheel leading to the centre spindle (God).
• This book and Jesus himself said that idea is wrong!
• Only Jesus Christ has the ability and power to deal with the problem of sin,