2009-12-12 - The Sacrifice of Christ
Hebrews 10:11, 12, "And every priest stands daily ministering and offering, time after time, the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God."
This passage is for sinners. If you are a sinner, then here you have a precious truth the most precious truth ever known. Jesus died for sin. If you are not a sinner, then you don't need to know about this. Consider for a moment what is being said here. The priests would offer sacrifices for sins, daily (really morning and evening), that never took away sins. They only pointed to a future sacrifice which would take away sins. This was done in Christ, by Christ, and for His elect. Children of God have this incredible and new relation between them and a holy God. Christ is dead for sin. There is no greater consolation that can be given a sinner, than that their sins have been laid upon Christ. They have been removed as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12), and they are wiped out (Isaiah 44:22). The Gospel tells us that all who come to Christ have sin put away forever. No one can believe that they will not be saved, if they are trusting in Jesus, because Christ has "offered one sacrifice for sins for all time."
It is Christ who puts away sins. If we are trusting in our prayers, works, going to church, etc., they will as easily damn us as lying, blasphemy, murder, and drunkenness will. We don't trust in anything but Christ for forgiveness. If we are looking partly to Christ and partly to ourselves, or our works, then we are not looking to Christ at all for mercy. He must save, and He alone must accomplish the work of forgiveness from sin. This is what is meant when Jesus says, "It is finished!" (John 19:30) His work, spoken of in Matt. 1:21, was done. He had taken sin upon Himself, and made atonement for all who come to Him in repentance and faith. We trust in Him, and Him alone, to put away our sins.
Lastly, let us also remember that there is no limit in the merit of Christ's atonement for sin. His well of mercy is not drained by all our sins being covered by His blood. His mercy is a "well of water springing up to eternal life," John 4:14. That well is just as full and deep as it ever was. It cannot be drained beyond full. Add all my sins, all your sins, the sins of all who have ever trusted in Messiah ever and that well is still full of mercy. The sun will go dark before Christ's merit is exhausted. He has made one sacrifice for sins forever and He is able to save all who come to Him, even the greatest sinner that has ever lived. His work is perfected. It cannot be improved upon. It is wisdom this day for us to rest all our eternal hope in Jesus Christ who "having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God."
Soli Deo Gloria,