Chapter 13 must have been especially powerful to the Hebrews, since the author reiterates that it is the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving (offered in faith) that are pleasing to God.
The old blood sacrifices had their place, but only as pointers to what God has now fully accomplished in Jesus.
Animal sacrifices never brought God joy the way a heart set on him does.
You can act in faith just like those from the “hall of faith”, but now with the full knowledge of God’s saving act on your behalf.
Now, because of the purifying one-for-all blood sacrifice of Christ, you are free to act out of gratitude. If you want to please God, allow your good works to spring from a thankful heart (cf. Heb. 13:16). (Tweet this)
As we conclude this series on Hebrews, pay close attention to Hebrews 13:12-13. Jesus endured the cross for us so that–out of thankfulness–we too might be able to give ourselves for the sake of others.
Are you so grateful for what Jesus has done that you are willing lay everything down to lead others to him?
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV)
Posts in this series on Hebrews:
- The most unfathomable mystery?
- Our God suffers
- Do I believe?
- The path to inner healing
- Do you know what it means for Jesus to be your High Priest?
- This is one of the most disturbing passages in the New Testament
- Jesus the perfect priest did this once and for all
- A new kind of covenant
- Why the blood of Jesus is enough for me, you, and God
- Can you lose your salvation?
- What is saving faith anyways?
- The one reason you can’t give up when things get tough
- How to Please God