March 31, 2009 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today's Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 2:23-3:22; St. Mark 14:53-72

For if by sprinkling, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow makes holy purified flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, make clean your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:13-14)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. The sacrifices that brought the forgiveness of sins for the children of Israel occurred in the tabernacle. The tabernacle was the tent where the presence of God resided for the people of Israel. In the tabernacle, God forgave and restored His people.

The High Priest would make a sacrifice for his own sin and then he would enter the holy of holies and make a sacrifice for the people. The blood of the sacrificed animals would sanctify, make holy, the people who were otherwise unclean.

Animal after animal was slain for the sins of the people over the years. Their shed blood brought the forgiveness of sins, but it was incomplete. There was always the need for more blood, more sacrificing, because there were always more sins.

Do you ever stop sinning? Not even close! Not once, not ever! Give up thinking that you can! Every moment of the day, every single day, every year, your sins pile up. The lusts of your flesh, the greed, the idolatry, the coveting, the stealing, the foul tongue, the despising of His Name and Word, the love of money, the trusting in yourself and what you know about God over and against His Word, betraying others, slandering them, lying about them. It never stops-- the list of the evil that you do, think, and feel daily is endless.

Yet, God’s Law still demands the very perfection that you are utterly unable to provide! You cannot save yourself by what you do. You need God Himself to make the sacrifice for you. You need Him to save you.

Jesus is that Savior! He is the High Priest of the New Testament--a testament begun by the shedding of His Blood. His Body is the tabernacle. And if the blood of beasts was able to cleanse the sins of the people for a time, all your sins are eternally covered by the death of the sinless Son of God!

Here is God for His people--so much for His people that He would die for them! He sheds His Blood as a ransom for your sins. You are saved by Christ’s eternal sacrifice and that sacrifice is made yours in the Word, the water, and His Body and Blood.

Jesus is sacrificed. A sacrifice that makes you, even you, holy. A sacrifice that takes away all your sins. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

But Christ, the heavenly Lamb, Takes all our sins away; A sacrifice of nobler name And richer blood than they.” (LSB 431, verse 2)