10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and 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, 13, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice, he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
♦️Have you ever sat down to think about what really happened to Jesus when He was nailed on the Cross because of our sins? Think about it for a moment.
♦️I know you would think about all the torture He was subjected to according to the Scripture.
♦️But no matter how many visible details one could think about, far more was going on than the eye could see: At the cross, sin was judged.
♦️In giving His very first command in the garden of Eden, God warned that disobedience carried the death penalty, physical and spiritual (Gen. 2:17). So from the start, His judgment of sin was pronounced, and later it was also pictured in the elaborate sacrificial system He established.
♦️ Under this system, each transgression required an animal´s blood to be sprinkled on the altar.
♦️The severity of the penalty, payment of life, was a graphic way for our Holy God to communicate how offensive and grievous sin actually is.
♦️It was also a foreshadowing of the Lamb of God, who would come to take away the world’s sin (John 1:29).
♦️Jesus Christ was, on the cross, what that lamb was on the altar, but with a significant difference:
♦️Under the Old Covenant, another animal had to die every time sin was committed.
♦️In the New Covenant, Jesus willingly offered Himself once and for all to atone for the sin of the entire world (Heb. 7:27).
♦️Yes, for the sin of the entire world (born and unborn), but one must accept it for it to be effective. Salvation is totally free, but one must stretch forth one’s hand to receive it to make it real in one’s life. It is a free gift that MUST be received to appropriate it in one’s life.
♦️The question that arises here is, Have you accepted this free gift of salvation? If yes, praise God. If no, what are you waiting for? Time is running out, and you will be totally, absolutely, and completely separated from God when it eventually does. You will be excluded in the blissful destiny prepared for prepared people.
♦️Anyone who finds himself separated from God chooses to do so because accepting Jesus as one’s personal Saviour is a choice.
♦️Two options are before humanity today: either to Accept or to Reject the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary.
👉 Make your choice today; the time of grace is fast running out
Shalom and Maranatha!