Did you know that the Old Testament Law, with it’s sacrifices, was not the real thing? Our reading today in Hebrews tells us that these earthly aspects of the Law, including the sanctuary, the priesthood, the altars, the sacrifices and so forth, are all simply a copy of the real thing up in heaven. When Jesus came, he did not serve the earthly copy of the sanctuary of God, but He, acting as the true priest, took the true offering (his death on the cross) right up to heaven, to the real dwelling place of God, and made that final, once and for all offering that fully brought the complete forgiveness of all of our sins.
Earthly religion can never really accomplish anything in the life of a person. But when you deal with Jesus, then things actually begin to happen! This is why the Jesus declares in the Gospel of John:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6 ESV)
Let Jesus Himself be your focus! Don’t let Christianity degenerate into a mere religion for you. Put all your hope and trust on the person of Jesus Himself and you will find that things really do begin to happen. You will have confidence that you are truly forgiven. You will discover that God is really at work in your life. And you will have great joy in know that your future is secure in Him!