This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “Vineyard Verses”.
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Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Our verse for today is:
Hebrews 10:20 (NIV)
20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
Matthew 27:50-51 (NIV)
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two.
The book of Hebrews goes into great detail about the superiority of Christ and His ministry as High Priest when compared to the Levitical system and its priests.
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
The writer of Hebrews explained that Jesus has gone “behind the curtain” for us, to serve as our High Priest. The tearing of the temple curtain signified the start of Christ’s ministry as High Priest.
As His disciples, we are to experience a new and living way, a new way of living, a new living way.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
God is in the ‘NEW’ business.
Revelation 21:5 (NIV)
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
I love that. New mercies, new day, new start, new life. New. Today is a new day. I wake up and get a cosmic do over everyday. I get do overs through out the day. I love do overs. I loved them as a kid and I love them now. Do-overs and afternoon naps should carry over from childhood into adulthood. I use to fight naps as a kid. I wish someone would come in and tell me after lunch that I need to take a night-night.
I enter His throne room as a new creation because of what Jesus has done. I am forgiven in Him, I am presentable in Him, I am acceptable in Him, because IN CHRIST I am a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.
John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The thief, the evil one does not want you to experience full life in this new and living way. He wants to try and trap you in old and dead. He wants to steal away the life that you can have in Christ.
One of the ways he does it is by trying to keep you focused on the old and dead. Trying to keep you from seeing yourself IN CHRIST as a new creation. He wants to try and focus you on your mess. On your brokenness. He wants to use guilt and shame to keep you from full life, to steal, kill and destroy you.
He wants to get you stuck in your past.
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
The thief does not want you to know grace. He does not want you to have life.
I talk to a lot of people who are stuck in their past. Stuck in their guilt, shame, anger, and hurt. Their perspective on life is passed through a series of old dead filters from old dead living.
People stuck in yesterday, stuck in all the bad things they have done and all the bad things that have happened to them, don’t live. You can’t change yesterday.
The only thing that yesterday can help you with is to hopefully teach you about what you should do differently today. But you are not living if you are stuck in your past. Listen to these verses from the Apostle Paul:
Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul is saying, I am not perfect, but I am not going to live in what is behind, I am going to press on to what God has called me to in Christ. My perspective is not behind, my perspective for life is in Him.
This new perspective is found in His
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
His way. His will. Not the cultures way, which is a reflection of the enemy. Not trapped in guilt, shame, fear, and worry. But having a throne room perspective on the full life of a disciple. Everyday. I can enter into the glorious throne room of God, the Most Holy Place, because I am a new creation in Christ, and I am pressing on to the life that He has called me for. I am living by trying to do the next right thing. Messing up, running back to my heavenly father, asking for and receiving forgiveness and getting a do over so I can live in His new living way.