The lesson of this week can be found in the some of the chapter of Hebrews. I loved reading these chapters and I think I learned a great deal about many different things.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was very important for all mankind and it also fulfilled the Law of Moses.
The law of Moses was given (in my opinion) to be a symbol and sign for things to come. Sacrificing an animal by the shedding of blood, pointed towards the sacrifice Jesus would do for us. The Law of Moses was not able to take away our sins, but it was pointing towards the sacrifice that could. The Law of Moses was there to teach us obedience and to have us show obedience to the Lord. The story of Abraham and Isaak comes to mind in which Abraham was asked to sacrifice His son. The Lord wanted to see if Abraham would be obedient and it wasn’t until he was ready to perform the sacrifice that God stopped Him through an angel. That too is a symbol of the Atonement of Jesus Christ because God did sacrifice His son so all of us would be able to return and live with them again one day.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the path for us to return to our Heavenly Father. Without the Savior we would not be able to live with them again because we are not perfect. Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself, suffered great pain and anguish, so we wouldn’t have to. He felt everything we feel when we go through physical pain or emotional suffering. He loves us so much that He was willing to do something nobody else could do. He did not want to have Satan force us back because He wanted us to have free agency and decide for ourselves. His ultimate sacrifice sealed the deal of us having free agency. We don’t have to accept the Atonement, but it is there and we should partake of it.
The title “high priest of good things to come” is a wonderful title for our Savior Jesus Christ. Everything that is done in the temple is done in symbolic meaning. Jesus wasn’t a high priest standing in a tabernacle and in front of an altar on this earth, but His death symbolizes it. Just like animals were sacrificed on altar’s in the temple, so did Jesus Christ sacrifice Himself. I love what Hebrews 9:22 says: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” To me that means before the coming of Jesus Christ sacrificing of animals was symbolic of what was yet to come and the Savior made it possible, through His shedding of blood, for us to repent and receive remission. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”