Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. – Hebrews 10:9-10
The author of Hebrews continues his lengthy dissertation on the supremacy of Jesus and how he ushered in a much better, new covenant. Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial requirement of the Law of Moses and paid the obligatory price for sin it exacts. Under the Law it is appointed that man has to earn his righteousness, which at best is like a pile of soiled diapers in God’s eyes. Thus, Jesus had to come and fulfill its requirements to free us from the curse it invokes.
I know people who enslave themselves to the Law of Moses and claim to be a disciple of Jesus. They mandate that certain observances under the Law be observed and maintained, but they forget that the Law requires that anyone who violates one iota of the Law has broken all 613 regulations contained in it. To leave out 1 is to leave out 613! There is no separating parts of God’s Law because he set only one standard – his holiness! It is only through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross that we can even have the curse of breaking that Law removed from us. For you see, we were born in sin. Thus, from the very beginning we are guilty of violating the Torah, hence, our need for a Savior. The blood of animals could never take away a person’s sins permanently. It could only cover it temporarily from year to year. Thus, Jesus came and lived a perfect life in obedience to Torah and gave his life as a ransom for our sins. In so doing, he cancelled the curse of the Law and instituted the Law of Love and made it possible for humanity to have a personal Father-child relationship with God. So, do you want to live under a set of dos and don’ts that will ultimately cost you your soul in hell? Or, do you want to have a Savior, whose grace received through faith in him, will give you eternal life? For the wages (cost, price, payment) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Yeshua HaMeshiach our Lord.
Father, Thank you for giving us the greatest gift of love the world has ever known in the person of Jesus! Jesus, you gave your life – everything! – and took on sin and became cursed by hanging on that tree (execution stake) to free me from the penalty of sin, which is death and is required by the Law for its violation. From birth, I had no expectation of ever attaining righteousness through keeping the Torah because it is a physical impossibility for me to do so. It took you, Jesus, born without sin and obedient to the death of the cross, to save me from sin and give me new life under the new covenant written upon the hearts of men not stone tablets in temples not built with human hands as in the days of old. I love you! May your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.