Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. (Hebrews 8:1-7)
Mediator Of A Better Covenant
The Law of Moses was a remarkable body of law. Given to the newly established nation of Israel at Mt. Sinai, God created a national consciousness that would regulate every part of the lives of the Hebrews. No law given among men is more complete, fair, just and beneficial to a people than the Law of Moses. The preamble of the law has been the fundamental faith of generations as they follow the Ten Commandments. Nations have been formed from the roots of the Mosaical law. Moral debates stem from the principles of a law given to the Jews following their captivity in the land of Egypt. Many still hold to the law as a guide for their beliefs. Examining the law with its teachings about morality, social and religious teaching is a perfect brief of jurisprudence unmatched by the laws of men. Remarkably it was not a law without fault.
Law must be established upon a single principle that will define its legality and value. The Law of Moses came from the mind of God, handed down by the Holy Spirit and delivered to the Hebrews by the words of Moses. No other nation in the world received such a law. It was an extraordinary body of law. There was one fatal flaw in the law that would highlight the purpose of the writer of the book of Hebrews to declare the first covenant was invalid. The sacrifices of the Law of Moses came by the blood of animals offered by priests who were sinful men. Jesus would change this. He became High Priest when He offered His blood to redeem men. His blood was pure and without sin. The failure of the Law of Moses was the inability of animals to redeem man because their blood was not eternal. When the priests offered up sacrifices he had to first purify himself. The blood of Jesus was eternal and He had no sin. As High Priest of the new covenant, the Lord sits at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. He is a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Father erected.
Jesus became the Mediator of a better covenant built upon better promises. Everything about the law given by God through His Son is perfect. There is a better priesthood, better blood, better sacrifice, better hope and a better image of grace than the Law of Moses. The Gentiles proved they could not live as a law to themselves and the Jews proved they could not keep the written law given through Moses. Jesus brings all men to His cross where they find the perfect love expressed through a perfect grace of a perfect sacrifice. If the Law of Moses had been faultless there would have been no reason for Jesus to come. The fact God sent His only begotten Son into the world proves the Law of Moses was a failed system of salvation. Grace can only be found in the Son of God as He is the only way, the only truth and the only life.