The important thing for us to take away this morning, is not that we have a high priest, not that the High Priest is Jesus, not that He is indestructible, not that He is even beside the Majesty in heaven. The important thing we see is that He is THIS KIND OF HIGH PRIEST - our minister!
How you see Jesus Christ will determine your success as a disciple, as a Christian and as a Kingdom subject…
THE MINISTER OF THE SANCTARY
Hebrews 8:2 describes Jesus as the “minister of the sanctuary”
Further describes this Sanctuary as the “True Tabernacle”
Minister (liturgy) = Service to God and to Man
We Need to Grasp “What is that Service?” What is His Ministry?
Sanctuary = True Tabernacle
o Sanctuary is “hagion” meaning “holy place”.
o It could refer to the Holy of Holies, but in this context, it has a bigger place in view-because we see the throne of the “Majesty of the heavens”
Holy Place = True Dwelling of God
o Jesus is the minister of the true dwelling
o His ministry involves providing for the majesty
o His ministry involves providing for man
Jesus Christ is the Minister at the very Center of God’s Creation.
He alone provides what God’s Holiness required.
He alone provides what man requires.
He alone increases the “Majesty of the Heavens” by bringing increase to man.
Jesus is at the throne of the Majesty, serving as a minister to God and to Man. As a minister, He is providing something that is life changing. His ministry magnifies the Majesty by providing for you and me. If the Holy Spirit brings this truth into your heart, it will literally stop it in awe. This goes far beyond what we normally see.
Do not get caught up in the shadow.
Do not limit your faith to the physical.
Do not fall in love with the building,
You will miss the Majesty!
Verse 9: For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord. (KJV –regarded them not).
They were given a covenant, a means of living with the Majesty and Power of God, yet they chose not to continue in it. God showed no concern for them.
The important thing we need to take away is what Jesus is doing as MINISTER and how understanding that will change the way you live your life! Chapter 8 has an impact that will change the way you view Christianity.
This morning, the Holy Spirit wants to show you something that will bring vitality and power to your life, as well as open your eyes to the Majesty, and will reveal to your heart how you can always know He regards your life with concern!
Let’s seek the Lord’s Heart…
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Hebrews 8:6
More excellent: to be superior, better (Heb. 1:4; 8:6).
WHAT WAS THE RESULT OF THE MINISTRY OF THE EARTHLY HIGH PRIESTS?
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27
Result: They shall put my name upon them and the people would be _____________
The Old Covenant administered by the Priests resulted in what?-God’s Blessing!
What was the problem with this?
You could lose God’s Blessing
God’s blessing was conditioned upon your obedience.
God’s concern and care was conditioned upon my continung to be in right standing with the Priests.
People started elevating the Priests and the Place of Worship
How do we know this?
o More concerned about where to worship rather than who
o More concerned about beauty of building than the beauty of the one you worship
o Allow the Priest to do whatever he wants, even if it corrupted the worship
What did the Old Law and High Priest fail to provide the People?
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. Hebrews 8:10-11
TWO BETTERS – BASIS OF HIS MORE EXCELLENT MINISTRY.