Explore the Bible
November 2, 2014
minister to students
No one enjoys car troubles. The appearance of the “check engine” light has ruined the day for many people. Worn spark plugs, a dead alternator or a bad thermostat can cause all sorts of expense and headaches. When the light comes on, an afternoon spent washing and waxing the car will certainly make it look attractive on the outside, but the problem still remains on the inside, under the hood.
The author of Hebrews is making the case to his readers that faith in Christ is superior to the observance of Old Covenant practices. Hebrews 9:11-15 explains that the Old Testament sacrificial system, with its sacrifices of goats and bulls, cleansed only the outside of a person from ritual impurity. While effectively serving a symbolic purpose, animal sacrifice was ineffective in actually fixing the serious problems brought on by sin. Much like washing a broken-down car, it cleansed the outside but did not take care of the actual internal issues.
Jesus Christ, however, is greater than the Old Testament sacrificial system. His perfect sacrifice on the cross fixes the problem, as His death appeases the wrath of God brought on by sin, while also maintaining God’s holiness. As opposed to the blood of animals offered in sacrifice, Jesus’ blood is actually effective at repairing the internal problem, and the sins of those who place their faith in Him as Lord will be forgiven.
At some point in their lives, almost everyone will experience car problems. Often, friends are quick to refer the names of talented mechanics. Similarly, Christians know the One who can repair the sin problem that dooms all people to hell. Jesus paid the required price of death and is the only Mechanic who can fix each individual’s sin problem, and those who do not follow Christ should place their faith in Him as Lord. Therefore, Christians should share the gospel with those who need it, just as people would pass on the name of a good mechanic to a friend.