Text: Hebrews 10:11-25
Sunday November 14, 2021 (Pentecost 25)
Trinity – Creston/Mount Ayr
Grace, mercy, and peace is yours from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our text for this 25th Sunday after Pentecost is the Epistle lesson from Hebrews 10 that was just proclaimed.
Let Us Pray: Dearest Jesus, send your Holy Spirit to remind us the redeemed and coved in your precious blood, we can get through the worst or bloodiest of especially these last days. Amen
Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ:
Many people tell me, “There are good days, and there are bad days.” Why is that? Why are some days better than others? Sometimes we know. Sometimes we do not.
What kind of day is today? According to Hebrews, today is a bloody day. But it is not the first or the last of its kind.
4. There will be a bloody day.
a. Blood, violence, and destruction will mark the Last Day and even the days before it (Dan 12:1; Mk 13:7–8, 12 our Gospel for today). This is what the world has coming on account of sin! This is what you have coming on account of sin (Rom 6:23 – The wages of sin is death.)!
b. Who will be delivered from this bloody destruction (Dan 12:1)?
(1) They will be the “saints,” “the excellent ones” in whom the Lord delights, who will not “see corruption” but walk “the path of life” (Ps 16:3 (saints in the land.. in whom is my delight, 10–11). Are you a saint?
(2) They will be “those who are wise” and therefore “shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Dan 12:3). Are you wise? Have you turned many to righteousness?
(3) They will be “the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev 7:14).
c. Will you be delivered from the bloody destruction? Yes, for there has already been a bloody day for you!
3. There was a very bloody day.
a. Jesus sacrificed himself.
(1) On the day of his bloody destruction, Jesus fulfilled all prior sacrifices, the whole priesthood, and even the temple destined for destruction with “a single sacrifice” (v 12).
None of your sacrifices or your self-justifications have any power to save you.
(2) Jesus was delivered over to a bloody death and destroyed in order to deliver you from the coming destruction you deserve, the righteous for the unrighteous (Dan 12:1; Mk 10:33; 13:7–8; Gal 1:4; 1 Pet 3:18).
b. Jesus sanctified you (v 14).
(1) Jesus has cleansed you by his blood and forgiven you all your sins (Gradual).
(2) Jesus has claimed you by his blood to be his holy one, his saint (Ps 16:3).
(3) Jesus has opened for you by his body and blood the “new and living way” to approach God and stand before him in holiness now and forever (v 20).
c. But Jesus’ flesh did not “see corruption” (Ps 16:10). He rose and lives and reigns to all eternity. He is present now by his Word and Spirit. Therefore . . .
2. This is a bloody day.
a. Jesus is present with you, in his body and blood, as your “new and living way” to enter the presence of God in “confidence” (vv 19–20). Therefore, you “draw near” (v 22) and joyfully walk “the path of life” (Ps 16:11).
The processional cross provides a picture of God and his Church. God calls his Church to “draw near with a true heart” (Heb 10:22; LSB, p 184).
But, “before the members of the congregation may approach God in the heavenly sanctuary, they must be true to God the Father in confessing their sins and receiving his absolution through Jesus Christ, their great High Priest.
Then forgiven and cleansed from sin, they can come before God the Father with a good conscience along the holy way that Christ provides, the way from earth to heaven that is symbolized by the aisle that goes from the nave into the sanctuary, the open way that Christ has prepared for them by his death and resurrection.
The Father’s word of pardon opens the door for entry into the heavenly realm and admits pardoned sinners into God’s holy presence” (John W. Kleinig, Hebrews [St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017], 508).
The Church does not walk down that aisle alone. The processional cross leads and accompanies the congregation. It is by Jesus’ blood and with Jesus himself that the congregation enters the presence of God.
Once there, the Spirit shapes the Church in conformity to Christ and his cross, filling the Church with faith, hope, and love by the blood of Jesus.
(1) Jesus calls you to “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (v 22). He calls you to live as one who has been cleansed by his blood. You enter here by his blood, and you will enter his heaven by his blood.
(2) Jesus calls you to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (v 23). You are confident to stand before God on the Last Day because of Jesus’ blood. Christ calls you to live toward the future he has prepared, not against it, in attitude or action.
(3) Jesus calls you to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (v 24). He calls you to forget yourself and remember others, not neglecting them, but being compassionate for them as he has had compassion for you by his blood.
b. As you “draw near” (v 22), the Holy Spirit descends to destroy you and deliver you (vv 15–18) through Jesus’ blood.
(1) He destroys you. It is not necessarily bloody (12:4), but the Spirit aims to destroy every idol, including your own righteousness (Ps 16:2, 4). The Spirit aims to “release us from the bonds of our sins, which by reason of our weakness we have brought upon ourselves” (Collect).
The Spirit aims to put to death self-centered ways in you by writing his laws on your heart and mind (v 16). There is destruction today.
(2) He delivers you. Just as he delivered you on the day you were “washed,” when your name was “written in the book” (v 22; Dan 12:1), he does so today.
Just as he has forgotten your sins through absolution many times before, he absolves you today and forgets them again (vv 17–18).
Just as he has brought you near to him “by the blood of Jesus” (v 19), he does so again today by Jesus’ blood in his Supper.
c. Today is a bloody day as the Spirit sanctifies you, makes you holy by Jesus’ blood, and gives you all the gifts Christ won for you by his sacrifice on the cross. Therefore . . .
1. Every day is a bloody day.
a. By the blood of Jesus, you, God’s Church,
(1) Are the fulfillment of Jeremiah 31 (vv 16–17, Thus says the Lord, Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their country).
(2) Are “the saints,” “the excellent ones” in whom the Lord delights, who will not “see corruption” but walk “the path of life” (Ps 16:3, 10–11).
(3) Will “shine like the brightness of the sky above . . . like the stars forever and ever” (Dan 12:3).
b. Now, every day is a day to be the Church by the blood of Jesus.
(1) Every day, you are cleansed by Jesus’ blood.
(2) Every day, you are confident by Jesus’ blood.
(3) Every day, you are compassionate by Jesus’ blood.
So, then, you might have good days and bad days.
But every day, even the last day, is a bloody day, a day defined by Jesus’ blood for you.
The peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.