By Robin Vaughn
Women's Coaching Catalyst
The picture above is of a canvas that hangs in my bedroom, given to me by a friend. She allowed me to pick a verse, and the passage -- Hebrews 10:12-14 -- never fails to amaze me when I consider the contrast of two types of priests.
Old Testament priests had many duties including representing the people before God and offering the various sacrifices prescribed in the law. If you’ve ever done a study in Leviticus, you know that these sacrifices are many. They included the burnt offering, the grain offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering. These offerings were repeated day after day. The job of the priest never ended.
The priest in the Old Testament also stood to indicate that his job was never finished. People continued to sin. Their work was never-ending. The sacrifices were earthly and temporal, and therefore not fully effective. God was burning into the hearts of the people that they were full of sin. And He was making a visual demonstration of the limitations of these sacrifices. The book of Hebrews unpacks how the old system was flawed. Its many sacrifices had to be repeated over and over again.
Christ comes and is the ultimate Priest. The unique offering of his own life met all the requirements of the Old Testament sacrifices. When Christ’s work was done, he sat down, demonstrating that the priestly work was completely finished. He is the greater and better Priest who offers a perfect sacrifice that meets every requirement for our sins in the past, the present , and the future... for all time (v.14).
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
Remembering to rest in the finished work of Christ is difficult for us, as humans who want to fix our own problems.
As the hymn Rock of Ages states:
“Not the labor of my hands can fulfill thy law’s demands…
All could never sin erase, Thou must save, and save by grace.”
Christ sat down. He completed the work. He was the ultimate sacrifice. Now we can rest in him. When Christ died, he bore the sins for His people. His sacrifice was so complete that when God looks upon us He sees us as totally perfect. We get Christ’s righteousness instead of having to rely on our own good works; our own righteousness that will always come up short. This gospel truth should infuse us with hope, energizing us to walk in the calling He has for our lives, work, and ministry.
As a Gospel Coach, one of my favorite things to do is remind women that they can rest in the finished work of Christ. Are you resting in that glorious thought today?
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!