Summary: Christ paid the debt once for all
The Perfect Sacrifice
March 20, 2011
Here’s a question: do Christians suffer punishment for sins? Obviously we’re chastised as sons, but if we’re not as pure and holy and blameless as Christ Himself, the we aren’t without blemish. We can’t be presented without spot or wrinkle.
If we’re not perfect in God’s eyes, then our sins haven’t been cast as far as the east is from the west, and Jesus was incorrect when He declared “it is finished.”
The purpose of this message is to glorify Christ for His perfect work and to cause you to walk in obedience to Him as you endure to the end by His rich mercies and limitless grace!
To start let’s turn to Hebrews chapter 10 and compare our Lord’s sacrifice with the sacrifices of the Old Testament:
The Law and It’s Sacrifices Could Not Remove Sin (:1-4)
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things,
The law was a shadow of the things to come. Everything represented something else. If you go back and read chapter 9 you’ll see how the tabernacle, the candlestick, the table, the showbread, the golden censer, the ark, the mercy seat, and everything else all symbolized the way to forgiveness. They themselves weren’t the means to forgiveness; they were only a shadow of the real thing. These,
can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
The priests offered goats and calves and other animals to cover sin, but they didn’t actually take away sin:
2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
If the blood of a goat could have removed sin, then the people wouldn’t have kept offering sacrifices. There would have been one sacrifice for sins and that would have been it:
3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
In actuality, the annual sacrifices only reminded everyone of their guilt; nothing was removed by the blood of an animal:
4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
No one in the Old Testament was ever forgiven because he sacrificed an animal. Anyone who believed God sacrificed out of obedience, but none of them were cleansed for having done so. That’s because:
What the Law Could Not Do, Jesus Did (:5-18)
5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
God wasn’t satisfied with the blood of animals, so a body was prepared for Christ. He came to do the will of His Father and offer Himself as the spotless ransom for the many!