Nestled in a cabinet in our home, undisturbed for nearly twenty years, are matching sets of fine china we received as wedding gifts. Used only twice, someday it will again be brought out, perhaps to celebrate a wedding anniversary or other milestone of life. Beautiful, precious, and reserved for special occasions-it is a continual reminder of our wedding. Like a wedding gown which is usually worn once and then carefully stored and preserved, wedding china occupies a similar exalted position.
The ancient Hebrews worshipped at a beautiful temple, originally built during the reign of King Solomon. There were many parts of the temple, all reserved for different worship activities. However, the Most Holy Place, also known as the second or inner part of the tabernacle, was only entered by the high priest once a year. Beautiful, precious, and reserved for special occasions-it was a reminder of the holiness of God for all the participants.
But only the high priest ever entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
Hebrews 9:7 (NLT)
What a contrast with Jesus Christ who freely gives to all who place their faith and trust in Him! Jesus Christ is beautiful and precious, but not reserved for only special occasions. He lived his life on this earth and experienced everything that we do. He was crucified and resurrected from the dead. He is our High Priest and if we confess and repent of our sins and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He gives us immediate access to God, the Father.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT)
Jesus Christ is beautiful and precious, but not reserved for only special occasions. He is with us in every moment of our existence!
All praise to the Living God!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.