Day 38’s post from the BigRead13 can be found here.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

Hebrews 9:13-14

In less than a week we will be at Maundy Thursday, when we remember the last meal that Jesus ate with his disciples. “This is my body” and “This is my blood”. Jesus says he is giving us all of him; the disciples still don’t quite get it though – until the next day when he gives up his life for us.

Today’s thought from Hebrews reminds us that the Jews had long ago sacrificed various animals in the temple to God. Yet here is the ultimate – a human self-sacrifice. And to remember it, the meal the night before – a meal that gives, that brings us closer to God. What can we do in return? Well, of old those whose physical lives were spared felt themselves indebted to their saviour and would serve a debt of gratidude. How much greater the debt for our spiritual life where our Saviour truly did surrender himself for our sake? Sadly, not enough. But, Lord, help me become closer. Amen.

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