The Willing Sacrifice

Oct 24, 2021 By: Pastor Joseph LoSardo Series: Hebrews: Greater Than Scripture: Hebrews 10:5-10
The first 18 verses of chapter 10 conclude the central theological argument which began in chapter 5 – the superior high priesthood of Jesus Christ. This pericope (10:1-18) is a recap of the themes found in the previous 5 chapters. It summarizes the contrasts between the Levitical offerings of the Old Covenant and Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice in four ways – a shadow/reality contrast in 10:1-4; sacrifice/obedience in 10:5-10; the finality of the priesthood in 10:11-14, and the finality of Christ’s sacrifice in 10:15-18. Having investigated the shadow/reality contrast of verses 1-4 last time, in this sermon we will see how the author of Hebrews uses the Old Testament Scripture (Psalm 40:6-8) to make his point. In so doing, he quotes a voice that his Jewish audience would readily recognize – the voice of King David. Through David, the voice of David’s greater Son, the Messiah, can be heard announcing an utterly different kind of sacrifice: “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'” (Heb 10:5-7). Here we find one reason that Christ’s sacrifice is infinitely superior is that He fully knows the evil and horror of human sin, yet still willingly absorbs the wrath of God on our behalf. Hallelujah What a Savior!