Now the main point of what is being said is this: We have this kind of high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that was set up by the Lord and not man. Hebrews 8:1-2 HCSB
In seminary I took a class under Dr. Finley Edge entitled “Teaching for Results”. Dr. Edge had written a book by the same title. The point of the class and the book was that a teacher must have a measurable goal in mind to know if he has truly succeeded in teaching. If he does not have a goal in mind, he will not know if he accomplishes the task of teaching. I have heard it said, “If you aim at nothing, you usually hit it.” The main point of any lesson or sermon is to produce some measurable change in the life of the participant.
This verse reminds us that the main point of the previous verses at the end of chapter 7 is to declare that the High Priest (Jesus) intercedes on our behalf. He is the perfect sacrifice and has accomplished what no man can do. The word “minister” could be interpreted as “servant”. Jesus came to serve in the true tabernacle that has been established in heaven. The original tabernacle Moses used in the wilderness was only temporary, and even the majestic tabernacle built by King Solomon was destroyed. The “true” tabernacle set up by the Lord in heaven will never be destroyed.
Challenge: What is the main point of your life? Are you living for God or for yourself? The main point of Jesus’ life was to die in our place and pay the penalty for our sins so we could be reconciled to a holy God. Thank God that Jesus came to serve us and now sits in the position of authority and power to intercede on our behalf.