March 15, 2019

BIBLE READING: HEBREWS 10

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

* Hebrews 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

“We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ”. Just so we’re clear, nobody took the life of Jesus. Jesus gave it. Jesus “offered” Himself. That means He literally made an offering out of His own body. He did that willingly out of love and mercy for us. The picture presented all through Hebrews is the fact that as man brought sacrifices to an earthly priest for forgiveness of sin, Jesus became our high priest, and He became the sacrifice. That means He became everything that we needed. Notice in these verses something interesting.

* Notice the words used here when speaking of earthly priest: “daily”, “oftentimes”, “same sacrifices”, “can never take away sins”.
* Notice the words used when speaking of Jesus as our High Priest: “once for all”, “one sacrifice”, “forever”, “one offering”, “He hath perfected forever”.

Pretty different aren’t they. I just think it would do us good today, to recall the amazing, and undeserved work that Jesus did on the cross for us. Look one more time at this verse from the previous chapter:

* Hebrews 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.