May 16, 2011

Tuesday after the Third Sunday after Easter


Lectionary

Morning - Ps. 86, Ex. 28:1-4, 29-38, Heb. 10:1-14
Evening – Ps. 84, 117, Is. 46:3-13, Eph. 1:15

Commentary

Today’s reading continues to emphasise the finality and supremacy of the life and work of Christ in accomplishing His peoples’ redemption.  The Old Testament ceremonies and sacrifices were but a shadow of Him.  Verse 1 makes the point that a shadow is not even a full image or replica.  It is but an outline, a silhouette.  Christ is much more than a shadow, or even an image; He is the very presence of the good things to come.  They have arrived in Him.  In Him we have received eternal redemption. In Him, we are in God, and God is in us.  Verses 1-8 explain the temporary nature of the Old Testament ceremonial and sacrificial laws.  The very fact that they needed to be constantly repeated shows their temporary status.  If they had been able to accomplish redemption they would not have needed to be repeated.

Christ accomplished full and eternal redemption by His one sacrifice of Himself.  Verses 9-14 are about the full salvation purchased for us by His one, full, perfect, and all sufficient sacrifice.  The conclusion of this section is that “by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (10:14).