New Covenant Sacrifices

Text: Hebrews 13:13-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: June 10, 2007

Early Christians were criticized by the Jews and others for having little outward religion: No altar, no sacrifices, no priests, and no earthly sanctuary. The author of the book of Hebrews teaches that because Jesus has fulfilled the demands of the law, worship has radically changed. We now have a spiritual altar in the heavenly sanctuary. We are priests offering spiritual sacrifices to God. Jesus Himself taught that worship would change from being earthly and localized to being spiritual and heavenly (John 4:21-24).

Many from other religions might be surprised by the simplicity of our worship. We have no statues or altars in our chapel. Our leaders don’t wear vestments. We don’t rely upon sacraments as a means by which we gain access to God. Becoming a Christian means departing from external forms of religion and from the world as we come to Christ upon Whom we solely rely to make us holy and acceptable to God. As those who have been made holy, we offer up, not sacrifices to atone for our sin, but sacrifices of praise and good works by which we express our gratitude to God for His work for us in Christ.

Posted on June 10th, 2007 | Permalink