Hebrews 13:9-14
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

In those times, the tabernacle existed and sacrifices were still rampant. Hebrew Christians would follow the rituals while also following Christ’s teachings and therefore were corrected about it. Following the rituals and expectations of the temple was either to done to avoid being embarrassed about falling away from the faith of the land and the people or was done in the confusion of what was expected and not. A question begs to be answered here about sacrifices and Jesus. Why would those serving in the tabernacle not be able to eat of the sacrifices whereas those who follow Christ are partakers of His body and blood and also why is there condemnation in where He suffered in relation to our place in the temple?

In context to sacrifice, Jesus Christ is considered a sacrifice for humanity by virtue of the fact that He is the son of God, He lived a sinless life, is not accepted by the world because He does not fit the world’s expectation of ‘God’, was punished to death in the most humiliating way alongside two criminals and was crucified outside the city where the despicable and rubbish was put. The remains of temple sacrificed animals are dealt with in the same way because they serve the purpose as sin offering and not as food. When we follow Christ, we are not followers of the respected temples of this world but instead followers of the one who was despised, rejected and condemned. We are not living for this world but serving Christ to the world for many to be saved and living for the eventuality of life with Jesus Christ in the presence of God the Father in a place God will establish for eternity. We as Christians admit to the world that we are fallen, broken and are now saved because of God’s grace and we boast not in our own righteousness but in Jesus Christ, who overcame the world for us.

In His Loving Service,

Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

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  1. Vineet . . .I have nothing to add to this. It is such a beautiful post. Though crucified outside the city, Jesus now inhabits the right hand place beside His Father . . . and ours. God bless you and keep you close to Him, writing to us from His heart! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      I praise God for the wisdom He has given you to see Him in His full glory not as a pile of garbage but as the Son of God sitting at the right hand of God the Father!!! Thank you for your faithful encouragement and for blessing the world with your gift of poetry to glorify God!

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