Since October 31st is coming upon us (yes, I know it’s Halloween, but I’m actually speaking about Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses on a church that day which those today call Reformation Day), I thought it would be appropriate to post a link to a sermon by Martin Luther called “Christ, Our Great High Priest” based on Hebrews 9:11-15.  The short sermon is taken from volume VII of, The Sermons of Martin Luther, published by Baker Book House.  Here is a snippet from it below.

Under the old law, which provided only for formal, or ritualistic pardon, and restored to human fellowship, sin and transgressions remained, burdening the conscience. It–the old law–did not benefit the soul at all, inasmuch as God did not institute it to purify and safeguard the conscience, nor to bestow the Spirit. It existed merely for the purpose of outward discipline, restraint and correction. So Paul teaches that under the Old Testament dispensation man’s transgressions remained, but now Christ is our Mediator through his blood; by it our conscience, is freed from sin in the sight of God, inasmuch as God promises the Spirit through the blood of Christ. All, however, do not receive him. Only those called to be heirs eternal, the elect, receive the Spirit.  We find, then, in this excellent lesson, the comforting doctrine taught that Christ is he whom we should know as the Priest and Bishop of our souls; that no sin is forgiven, nor the Holy Spirit given, by reason of works or merit on our part, but alone through the blood of Christ, and that to those for whom God has ordained it. This matter has been sufficiently set forth in the various postils.”  ~Martin Luther

Check out the beginning of it here.