Repeated again and again vs. Once for all time

July 13, 2018: SOAP #3144: Isaiah 15-18; Hebrews 10

Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming— not the realities themselves. For this reason, it can never, by the same sacrifices REPEATED ENDLESSLY YEAR AFTER YEAR, make perfect those who draw near to worship…3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, 4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; AGAIN, AND AGAIN he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered FOR ALL TIME ONE SACRIFICE for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

Observation:  Reading through the book of Hebrews thrills me as I consider the great work of Jesus on the cross.   In one mighty act, Jesus showed the sinfulness of sin and the holiness of God, the cruelty of man and the Love of God.  Having been tempted and tested in every way as man, he died as a sinless man—the only man who did not deserve to die.  Truly He died for the sins of others—for my sins.

Application:  Today we can rejoice in the cross.  We can glory in the cross because, as He declared on the cross, “It is finished!”   He does not need to suffer and die again.  His sacrifice of himself was sufficient to cover the sins of “for all time.”

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, how proud you must be of your Son.  How thankful I am for my Lord.  Holy Spirit, help me to live in a way that expressed my thanks and honors Him.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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