March 3, 2009

Truth Made Clear

Reading Hebrews 10:1-4 this evening made me amazingly happy. Just look at it!

For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities,

The law is only an extrapolation from the truest Truth, merely a copy of the form. We have other laws we formulate as well, other philosophies (emotion or reason, idealism or pragmatism, even ideas of human rights) that we use to make decisions. But they are only shadows, only weak attempts to make sense and order.

it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.

It's incomplete and imperfect, like everything else worldly. From our perspective on earth, we only occasionally catch glimpses of the light. We sense, in C.S. Lewis's words, "the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have not yet visited."

Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

As sinful creatures, we must continually be working towards perfection. Without the blood of Christ, forgiveness is only temporary. As long as we’re on earth, we going to be fighting against sin. We’re stuck on the street, peering through a foggy window, only barely discerning the reality that exists inside. But Christ’s blood provides us with the “true form.” The closer we are to Him, the more sense we can make of these confusing worldly systems of thought.