Summary: This sermon compares the old and new covenants and outlines why Jesus made a better covenant

Old and New

Hebrews 9:11-12

Antioch Baptist Church

November 23, 2003

Jeff Dabbs

I. Introduction

A. God chose to deal with mankind in a progressive manner. In other words, He gradually unfolded redemption’s plan so we would see the superiority of Christ’s sacrifice. What Jesus did for us on the Cross of Calvary was infinitely better than anything the Old Testament or covenant had to offer.

B. From the time Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God made it perfectly clear that a blood sacrifice was required to atone for sin. God constructed a beautiful picture for us throughout the pages of the Old Testament of exactly how He would deal with the sin issue as it related to our standing before Him.

C. The Book of Hebrews was written to a specific group of Jews between the crucifixion of Christ and the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 to urge them not to return to the ways of the old covenant. The author of Hebrews does this by clearly and articulately stating why the sacrifice and offering of Jesus was superior to Old Testament sacrifices.

II. Progressive Plan of Redemption

A. Genesis 3:21 – One animal for each person

B. Exodus 12:3 – One animal for an entire family

C. Leviticus 16:15-16 – One animal for the entire nation

D. John 1:29 – Jesus’ sacrifice for the entire world

III. What Good Things to Come? Hebrews 9:11

A. Free and Open Access to God

B. Better Covenant – Jesus is our Surety

1. Jesus guarantees God will fulfill His promises in the covenant

2. Jesus perfectly meets the terms of the agreement on our behalf

C. Personal Communion and Fellowship with God

D. Purging or Cleansing of Consciences

E. Sins Removed, not Simply Covered

IV. The Difference in Christ’s Covenant

A. Jesus did not walk through a type but was the real thing

B. The real tabernacle in heaven is not part of the natural universe (creation)

C. The blood offered was different

D. Jesus did it once and for all

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