[CF Devotionals] 2012-11-15 - Once

Heb 10:1-2 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (NASB)

Once. One time for everyone, for all time. Think about that. [Selah]

In Revelation 13:8 there is a glimpse into eternity past when the Godhead looked down the line of time - knowing the end from the beginning and saw who would accept the plan that would save mankind. Note that mankind had not yet been created when names were written in the Lamb's book of life. God knew that Adam and Eve would stumble and fall. He knew that each one of us would do the same thing and be undeserving of Heaven. And still God lovingly crafted us in His own image. The plan to send the Lamb, Jesus the Son of God to die in our place on a cross in God's perfect timing on that timeline to make a way for His creation to come home.

Christians are called saved. But what are we saved from? Hell? Only indirectly is that true. We are saved from sin, the power of sin to destroy and hold us captive. God is perfect - in thought, action and every way we can imagine. He can not allow sin in His presence. So those who have not accepted the death and resurrection of Christ as their sacrifice for sin have not had their sins removed and the power of sin over them shattered.

That sacrifice was seen in the millions of lambs that were slain on Passover for centuries. The blood of those lambs - spotless lambs - was sprinkled on the altar. But the same sacrifice would be done again the following year, and the year after that, and the year after that. It was a reminder of the exodus of the Jewish nation from captivity in Egypt which was a picture of redemption looking forward to the Messiah. But until the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world had come there was no sacrifice, no ritual that would forever remove the stain of sin from the fabric of human lives.

Once for all time Jesus became the sacrifice. The spotless quality of the lambs that were sacrificed was also a picture looking forward to Christ Who would be the truly perfect sacrifice, acceptable to the Father as an atonement for the sins of all humanity for all time (John 1:28-31) - all sins but one. In John 5 there is mentioned a "sin unto death" which is to deny the work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection - and your need of it. It requires that you turn over your life to Him. Jesus paid for your life by giving you His sinless life. It requires that He be Lord of your life.

Is that too much to ask? Well, can you accomplish your own work of redemption? The answer is that any human effort, no matter how well intended will fall short of that once for all time work on our behalf. There is no perfection in us. The only good thing that is in a believer was placed there by our Savior. Want to know more? Write us.

Once for all time.

Grace & Peace,

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