Focal Passage: Hebrews 10:1-10
In the Old Testament, animal sacrifice was literally a way to “find God.” The blood of the sacrifice atoned for the sin of those who offered it and helped them rediscover their own connection to the almighty God.
The writer of Hebrews wrote that such sacrifice, while necessary then, is now no longer enough for us today.
Hebrews 10:1 calls it a mere shadow of the real sacrifice, that being Christ.
We learn that even sacrifices offered “according to the law” are no longer sufficient (Ps. 40). Christ is now the only all-sufficient sacrifice.
OK, Christ sacrificed for us, this we know. But that He did so as an act of His own worship?
If we aren’t careful it can get a little confusing here. In His godliness, and He was fully God, Christ would have no need to worship God. He would be worshipping Himself. But in His humanity, and He was equally as fully man, Christ gave us the example of what our worship is supposed to look like. We are supposed to “give ourselves” totally to the worship of God. We should give 100 percent.
In Dr. Suess’s book Horton Hatches an Egg, lovable elephant Horton expressed the total giving of self perfectly with his timeless and classic line, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful 100 percent.”
Horton was committed to his task and did it with everything he had. In spite of supposed
friends who laughed at him, neighbors who mocked him, and in spite of whatever came his way — Horton gave 100 percent.
Jesus gives us an example of 100 percent worship, and calls us to do the same, to follow His example. And He meant what He said and said what He meant.