February 15, 2016 by Jon Law
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
What are you confident about? Usually our confidence is wrapped up in our competency. Those who are more academic feel confident about assignments they have to write. If you are physically fit you’d likely feel more confident about the upcoming half-marathon than someone who hasn’t exercised in months. Where competency increases, so does confidence.
This poses a major problem to our faith because there is no human who is competent enough to approach the Holy Place of God. God cannot welcome us with our sin because it would mar his perfect holiness. Entering His presence is not something that we should be confident about.
This was symbolised by the curtain: a massive piece of thick cloth that separated God’s presence from His people. It was a constant reminder that drawing near to God is a fearful thing, not to be taken lightly.
However, there is one person competent enough to tear down this barrier. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has made a way ‘through his flesh,’ which represents this curtain. The way to God is not through the religious rituals laid out in the Old Covenant, but through Jesus Christ’s broken body.
How does this instil confidence in us? The answer given in verse 19 is that it is ‘by the blood.’ When a ticket inspector walks up the train scanning people’s tickets, there’s no need for your stomach to turn if yours is valid! It entitles you to get to your destination. Jesus’ blood is like that validating ticket that secures our journey deeper into the presence of God.
If you believe in Christ, you can be supremely confident that His torn flesh and shed bled is your one-way, non-refundable ticket to all that Heaven has to offer!
How can you ensure that you confidence is in Christ this week?
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