“Having therefore, Brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19).
Holiest: (Gr. Hagion): Sacred, Holy Place, Sanctuary
Entering into something new is always exciting, as we explore new surroundings, environments, atmospheres with new sights and sounds to which we must adapt, familiarize, and conform. Engineers put on bunny suits to work in clean rooms where all is pristine, dust and germ free. Astronauts put on space suits to survive in weightless and even toxic environments. Hazmat suits, PPE’s are familiar to environmental and healthcare workers. There is always something different when we enter a new environment or workspace. There are procedures to follow, sometimes even to survive.
Enter the Holy. Our Scripture tells us we can enter the Holiest, boldly with free access by grace, but there is one condition that is essential: the Blood of Jesus. In the Old Covenant the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but not without blood, the blood of bulls and goats to sanctify the Priest for entrance to the Most Holy Place with the Ark of the Presence behind the Veil. Entering without following the protocols would have been deadly. Procedures were in place with bells around the Priest’s robe and a rope attached to him in case they had to pull his dead body out from behind the Veil.
Living in our world we have become very casual with our entrance into worship, attending prayer meetings and assembling together. We think little about our sins, our lifestyles, our attitudes and our language. Perhaps we could use a new perspective when it comes to our relationship with a Holy God.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). It is with the knowledge of the Holy that we increase our understanding of God. It was the word of the Lord through Moses that said, “You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy” (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; I Peter 1:16).
There is a great divide between sinful man and a holy God. How do we bridge this gap and reconcile with the Holy? The Law could not do it; how can sinful man keep a holy Law? Impossible. The answer came in the Incarnation. Man could not become holy God; but holy God could become sinful man; and this is what God did in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ Who, born of a Virgin by the Holy Spirit, Jesus become a man, the Second Adam, and offered up His body on the Cross of Calvary to Redeem us and Reconcile us to God by His Blood; and after rising from the dead, gave us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us to sanctify us and cleanse us from all sin, that we might be holy as He is holy and enter into the Holy by a new and living way, by His Redeeming blood, the Blood of the Lamb (cf. Hebrews 10:20).
Enter the Holy. A new perspective with greater knowledge of the Holy will give us greater understanding of God. As we boldly enter the Holy by the Blood of Jesus, we can enter also with a new awareness, a new reverence, a new respect for the Presence of the Almighty. Holy Spirit, as you dwell within the Veil, our flesh, may you sanctify our hearts by faith, and renew us with new insights into what it really means to be holy as You are holy. As we live in our world, with our families, in our communities and in our assemblies may we have a new appreciation of Holiness, and our obligations and responsibilities as members of the Body of Christ. Thank you, Lord for your promise that what you have started, you will bring to completion (cf. Philippians 1:6).
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).