Summary: Short Exposition of Heb 10:1-7 regarding the incarnation of Christ

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Text: Hebrews 10:1-7, Title: When He Came Into The World, Date/Place: NRBC 12/19/10, AM

A. Opening illustration: In England there is a place called The Pilgrim Way. It is one of the many footpaths throughout the country, but it is unique in that it was the path that Christians, for hundreds of years, took as a religious pilgrimage. For many it was a way to do penance and earn merit with God. The trail ends in the town of Canterbury at the great cathedral named for it. It is here that Christians over the centuries have knelt at the spot where Thomas Becket was killed by the knights of Henry II. The story behind the death of Becket is that he was a close friend of Henry II who appointed him to his court. When the position of Archbishop of Canterbury came open, Henry placed Thomas Becket in the position thinking he would do his bidding. But something happened to Becket after he was appointed as spiritual leader of England. He stopped being complacent about his faith. He put politics and luxury behind him. He gave up his former wealth and style of life. And to his peril, he began to oppose the king when it came to differences between the church and the government. As a consequence, he paid the ultimate sacrifice. But Becket’s willingness to be a martyr for the faith did not earn him a place in heaven. Neither does a pilgrimage to this site, great sacrifice though it may be for those hoping to incur God’s favor. The whole point of the Christian faith is that we can never earn our salvation, no matter how hard we work, or how great a sacrifice we make. Even if we give our bodies to be burned for the sake of the Gospel, or crawl to Jerusalem on broken glass it would not make us one bit more worthy of heaven. There is only one way that our sins can be taken away — only one sacrifice that is sufficient to atone for them.

B. Background to passage: we are picking up in the middle of an argument that Christ was the supreme eternal high priest and mediator of the New Covenant because the old covenant was insufficient and passing away and because of His sacrifice.

C. Main thought: When a better covenant, priesthood, and sacrifice was needed, Jesus came into the world!

A. Problem (v. 1-4)

1. The problem was with the system. God never designed it to be permanent, but only a shadow. Something that would point to something greater to come, something permanent and effective. See that was one of the problems: it couldn’t make people perfect, spiritually complete, whole. Rules and animal sacrifices had no power against the sinful nature, nor could that offer change, nor righteousness. The penalty was postponed, but they were still enslaved to sin, and they were not viewed as “good” or righteous in the sight of God. The other problem was that it couldn’t offer forgiveness, only postponement. The blood of an animal was not good enough. It was only a reminder for their sin.

2. Illustration: talk about how my system at Chick Fil A the other night wasn’t working as I tried to change the poop up the back diaper,

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