Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
The Old Covenant sacrifices reminded the people of their sin and guilt every single time they offered them. Their guilty consciences were not cleansed by the animal sacrifices, because it was not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away either the sins or the guilt of committing those sins. The repeated sacrifices only reminded the people of their sins. The Old Covenant sacrifices were shadows of things to come, not the substance of those things. They were meant to be temporary, not permanent and eternal. They did nothing to change the heart of those who brought the sacrifice. They were shadows that pointed to the Person and perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, changes all of that. His sacrifice on Calvary makes us SON conscious, not sin conscious. But being free from the consciousness of sin does not mean that New Covenant believers are not sensitive to sin, because a regenerate soul will certainly be sensitive to things that grieve The Holy Spirit of God. Charles Spurgeon said, “Dead men don’t wrestle.” But, there is a huge difference in being sensitive to sin as opposed to being guilt-ridden and paralyzed with fear and condemnation because of sin. Calvary reminds me that in Christ, His perfect love has cast out that fear (1 John 4:18), and in Him, there is no more condemnation because of my sin (Romans 8:1).
When we observe The Lord’s table together this morning, it is in remembrance of what Jesus did on the cross to remove the penalty, guilt, and condemnation because of our sin. The price has been paid. His blood has been shed. The work is done. It is finished. Anytime I view my sins apart from the sacrifice of Jesus, I am believing a lie because God declares that our sins and iniquities He remembers no more. Remember beloved, Satan is the Accuser of the brethren, Jesus Christ is our Advocate. Communion is a celebration of the finished work of The Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “…do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) Communion reminds us that the barrier of the debt of our sin has been removed by Jesus Christ and because of that, we now can boldly come into His presence at any time with any need and know that we are accepted in The Beloved. Selah