Throughout the book of Hebrews, the Preacher compares Jesus to a number of figures and practices from the Old Testament. For instance, in chapter one he compares Jesus to the angels. In chapter 3, to Moses. In chapter 4, the Sabbath. And in chapters 5-9 to the priests and the Tabernacle, where the Israelites sacrificed to God in the wilderness.. And Jesus is better than each one, the Preacher says. That’s because Jesus offers a better sacrifice, a better cleansing, and a better purity for us. In fact, that’s what makes us acceptable to God and able to be in his presence today: Jesus. And that’s what we’re going to explore in our text this week.
If you’re looking to go deeper into this sermon series, I’ve adapted it from Alexander Schmemann’s book Great Lent, which I’ve found to be a helpful resource on understanding and journeying through the season of Lent.