Hebrews 10:11-14 puts it this way: “11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest [Jesus] offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”
Paul summarized it like this to Titus. 11 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:11-14).
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The things He desired 3,000 years ago are the things He desires today. He loves you, wants to be with you and will do whatever it takes to reconcile the relationship so that you can know Him. This reconciliation with God required the shedding of blood, the giving of one life so that another life might be spared. As you read all the requirements for clean priests, clean skin, clean homes and clean animals, take time to ponder how Christ’s one sacrifice made you perfect and complete in God’s eyes.
I encourage you to take time with your family or a friend to read through and discuss the Hebrews and Titus passages in greater detail. Take some time to consider how they make a bridge from the Old Testament to the New and then to us in our own culture and day. There are so many connections between then and now, between “them” and “us.”
Leviticus reveals an amazing drama, one that is not yet finished. Ask the Lord to show you how you are living within a great drama of pursuit and redemption in your own day and life too.