I learned recently that I’m a Concrete Sequential learner, which essentially means, if a teacher gives a syllabus I expect her to follow it A to Z, directions from beginning to end, etc. and if things don’t proceed that way, I’m typically thrown for a loop. You might be able to tell this when I talk to you: I’m concentrating on each and every word as if it’s your last, because I want to understand precisely what you mean. All that to say, I like charts, graphs and
I was speechless when I saw that even though God, our Great High Priest, the priest who had no need to offer a sacrifice for himself before he offered one for the people, (the typical practice for Levitical priests). He was perfect. But for us, he became everything in the right hand column in men’s eyes: evil, sinful, guilty before the Sanhedrin of being King of the Jews, they did their best to contaminate him and his reputation, they spit on him, hurled insults at him and humiliated him by tearing his clothes off and subjected him to the worst kind of death, that among common thieves.
But here’s the beautiful thing about all that: when Christ murmured, “It is finished” just before he took his last breath on the cross. He was right, no more 24/7 sacrificial worship, no more letter of the law, just this acceptance, that, once for all, it was done. As our study leader pointed out, the priests were always standing. Their job was NEVER done. In 8:12 of Hebrews we see “when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool”. Is there any better visual than this?