The author of the Letter to the Hebrews wrote that the Holy Spirit shows (the Holy Spirit must be a real person! He shows, speaks, can be grieved, etc)showsthat the way into the true Most Holy Place of the Lord was hidden. In fact, only once a year could just one man enter the temporary copy standing on earth! (Hebrews 9:8)
But now a different tabernacle now stands! It is a person, a human like us, yet unlike any of us, the one-and-only Son of God. He has tabernacled –pitched his tent— among us by coming in human flesh. Now he lives forever in God’s presence to carry on his work for us who abound in his work, participants in his movement. In him we find all our needs met, all our dreams fulfilled, all our weaknesses helped, all our sins forgotten.
We have seen how the conscience of the individual remained clouded and confused and rose up to condemn him under the Old. Only the outward was included, the inner person remained untouched. A better “tent” was needed to touch the inner person. It is here. And it’s no leaky tent.
So our author reminds us yet again He offered himself, which deals with our guilty conscience, but more than that: that we may serve the living God!
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and came to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
To be ransomed means a price was paid for our freedom. What an astronomically great price! And now our great privilege is to serve the living God.To serve is to worship—to acknowledge his tremendous worth. Worshipping God means working in his service. It does not mean sitting in a church pew being entertained –or bored to sleep.
To serve the living God—how good is that!
As John Wesley shouted : THE BEST OF ALL IS GOD IS WITH US.