We are always looking for better ways to do things. We have faster computers, more efficient cars, and better-sounding compact disc players—vast improvements over the abacus, the Model-T, and the Victrola.
God is the originator of the better way. The author of Hebrews said that animal sacrifices were only a “shadow of the heavenly things” of which Christ and His death on the cross are the reality (8:5; 9:11-15).
Before Jesus came, people waited for the annual Day of Atonement, when the high priest entered the Most Holy Place. The Jews call this special day Yom Kippur. In that awe-inspiring place where the ark of the covenant was located, the High Priest offered the blood of animals on behalf of himself and the Israelites.
When Jesus Christ came to earth, something better was revealed. He Himself became our High Priest by sacrificing His life and shedding His blood to atone for our sins. Now, when we accept His gift of forgiveness, we can rejoice that the penalty of our sins has been paid and our guilt removed.
Salvation through Messiah Jesus is the only way we can be forgiven and have fellowship with God. Have you found this better way?
Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. —Lowry
Christ's sacrifice is exactly what God desired and our sin required.