In short, chapter 10 of Hebrews reminds us again of the great High Priest that we have in Jesus. The author compares the old covenant's call to obedience, one of continual sacrifice and separation, with that of Christ's sacrifice for us that has provided for relationship over ritual. In fact, verse 19 summarizes what the author has been writing / teaching throughout the letter to the Hebrews. Beginning with "Therefore", or "because of", he contrasts the Most Holy Place, or the previously off-limits dwelling of God's presence, with Christ's availability made possible through the shedding of his blood on the cross. And "since we have a great priest over the house of God," v21 referring to Christ, then we should respond in three ways. They include:
- Let us draw near to God ..... be in communion, in fellowship, in prayer with God. A relationship that God seeks with us. A desire to know Him better and live more like Him.
- Let us persevere ...... keep the faith, through ups and downs, fight the good fight, resist temptations
- Let us encourage one another ....... through church community, small groups, in service with one another, accountable to one another
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another