God's word in today's world

Once is more than enough


The author of Hebrews is banging the same drum over and over again. At one stage you start wondering if he hasn’t done enough by now. He repeats again and again that Jesus’ death on the cross has once and for all fully dealt with the punishment that people deserved for all their sin. He does so specially to show that the sacrifices by the priests of old were not sustainable and that they had to repeat it over and over when people took wrong turns and did wrong things.

But Jesus’ sacrifice was enough. There are three reasons (according to Andrie du Toit) why Jesus’ death once and for all dealt with our sin:

  1. The first reason why Jesus’ death was enough to die for the sins of everybody on earth was because it was completely in accordance with God’s will. It was God’s plan. God executed the plan together with Jesus and was with Jesus all the time. It was a Godly plan that was carried out in a Godly way.
  2. It was also complete, because Jesus is the Son of God. The difference between Jesus and the priests is obvious. The priests sacrifice standing up. And Jesus? He sits like a king should:

11Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. 12As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in.

Because Jesus is the Son of God, He only had to sacrifice Himself once, and, therefore, the sacrifice was sufficient and complete.

  1. In the last instance, Jesus’ sacrifice was complete because it is 100% effective. There is no loophole for the punishment of sin. Jesus’ sacrifice once and for all dealt with the impact that sin had on people. For those who believe in Jesus’ salvation, the road to hell was locked for ever and ever and the key thrown away.

And the Word of God says: 13By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.

These past few weeks we’ve used different perspectives and many, many examples to try and describe what you and I receive as a result of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s plan. Yes, our human minds cannot fully understand the enormity of that. But what we do know is that it is no longer necessary to make sacrifices for the stupid things we do. And, indeed, we can do something small. Out of gratitude for this complete sacrifice by Jesus, we can go and tell others. We might just save a life.

Scripture
Hebrews 10:11-18

Reflection
How do you live a life of enough?
What does Jesus’ complete sacrifice do to you?
How do you live that in your life every day?

Prayer
Our Father, You are a God of good plans. Workable plans. Complete plans. Your plans work. Your plans are enough. More than enough. And all of that is for me. Sometimes this is too much for me and I don’t really understand the scope of what you did. I want to make all of this part of my life, and, yes, I want to go and tell others about it. Give me strength and wisdom and courage. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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