God's word in today's world

Pre-paid sacrifices


There has to be one set of rules to maintain order in society. Every person can’t simply have their own rules. That’s a recipe for disaster. God has just one set of rules too. Everybody is subject to the same rules, no exception, no discrimination.

The Old Testament also had a bunch of rules and it was no easy task to stay within the lines. I think those rules were so strict that nobody on earth could ever achieve a perfect score.

Fortunately, there was a way in which you could get rid of your sin. You had to pay the penalty. In other words, you could pay to get rid of the baggage that had quietly settled in your life. You had to sacrifice an animal to God.

Blood had to be spilt. The blood, as it were, rubbed out your sin, leaving a clean page. If no blood was spilt, the debt of the sin remained stuck, keeping the person from a free and peaceful life.

The problem with this plan for getting rid of your sin is that you had to repeat it. You couldn’t buy pre-paid sacrifices ahead of time and say, ok, here I’m sacrificing a few lambs for the sin I will still do. It doesn’t work that way.

This plan was not successful nor sustainable.

So, God made a better plan. Blood still had to be spilt. But for it to be sustainable, where a once-off sacrifice would be sufficient and, in a way, pre-paid, it had to be Godly in nature.

Jesus was called for this huge task. Like a lamb was slaughtered before, Jesus’ blood had to flow as payment for all people, to be the final realisation of the punishment for their sin. Once-off and forever, like in pre-paid. The difference is that the airtime or payment never runs out. It is more than enough. It doesn’t matter what you did.

24You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace.

It looks as if this airtime has no end. Can I now spend it any way I want to? No, for sure you can’t. You see, when you actually realise how hugely expensive Jesus’ blood is, you won’t waste it.

Because I’m so grateful for what He has done for me and you, because of His expensive blood that was spilt, you have no choice but to align your actions with His will. Then you want to live the way He expects you to.

Wow, this message is huge. We must really reflect on it, even though we know it so well. We’ll have to go and sit alone somewhere, so that the Holy Spirit can show us where we are wasting Jesus’ blood and airtime. Let’s direct our lives as we should and show others what Jesus’ blood does for me and what it means to me. Maybe they’re interested in his forgiveness too.

Scripture
Hebrews 12:18-24

Reflection
Do you realise what Jesus has done for you?
Do you live what Jesus has done for you?
What do you have to do differently?

Prayer
O Jesus, how great You are to, as God, die on the cross for my rough and crooked sins! I honour You with everything in me for Your blood that had to flow. Please help me align my actions to that. Amen.

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