But Christ being come an high priest of 
good things to come, by a greater and 
more perfect tabernacle, not made with 
hands, that is to say, not of this building; 
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, 
but by his own blood he entered in once 
into the holy place, having obtained 
eternal redemption for us
 (Hebrews 9:11-12).
friday 13
In the Old Testament, the temple Solomon built 
was divided into two parts: outside was the 
temple courts, where the animals for sacrifices were 
killed. Then, there was the temple itself; the first part 
of it being the holy place, and only the priest could go 
in there then. The second part of it was the most holy 
place, separated from the first tabernacle with a thick 
While the priest ministered in the holy place, only 
the high priest could go into the most holy place—the 
inner sanctuary—and he did that once a year. To go into 
the most holy place, he had to offer sacrifices to God 
for himself and for others; he could only go in there with 
the blood of an animal (Hebrews 9:6-8). Moreover, at 
the end of one year, that atonement would expire, and 
another sacrifice would be required. 
Regardless of the sacrifices performed by the high 
priest every year, sin was never put away; the presence 
of God still wasn’t accessible to the people. More so, 
the altar where the high priest performed the sacrifices 
had to be sanctified with other sacrifices before the gifts 
were put on it, including all the utensils in the temple. 
In other words, the tabernacle that was supposed to 
be so holy and make things holy, was itself not holy 
Then the Bible says that Jesus, being a high priest in 
the order of Melchisedec came with a greater and more 
perfect tabernacle, and offered Himself once and for 
all. Hebrews 10:5 says,  “… Sacrifice and offering thou 
wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” His 
body was the greater and more perfect tabernacle, and 
through Him, the presence of God is now open to all 
who believe. Now we have boldness to “…enter into 
the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living 
way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the 
veil, that is to say, his flesh”  (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Dear Father, thank you for the sacrifice of the Lord 
Jesus, offered once and for all, for the blotting away 
of sins! I acknowledge this perfect sacrifice that has 
brought me eternal and perfect remission of sin, and 
into union with you forever, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Hebrews 9:13-15; John 2:18-21; Ephesians 5:2

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