Summary: In most cases we do not understand what that means or do not accept the fact that God loves us that much. Our minds cannot comprehend unconditional love. We cannot understand how or why God could possibly love us that much that we could be fully forgive
WE ARE FULLY FORGIVEN
Last week in our bible study we discussed being fully forgiven. In most cases we do not understand what that means or do not accept the fact that God loves us that much. Our minds cannot comprehend unconditional love. We cannot understand how or why God could possibly love us that much.
In a recent Peanuts cartoon, Lucy approaches Charlie Brown with a paper and pen and says, “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame”. Then she goes to Shroeder with the same paper and says, “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame”. Finally she comes to Linus: “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame”. As she walks away Linus says, “Gee, that must be a nice document to have”.
We don’t have a document, but we do have a savior that committed the most unselfish loving act in the history of mankind. Jesus Christ went to the cross at Calvary so that we would be absolved of all blame and would be fully forgiven.
For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; 6 IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE. 7 "THEN I SAID, `BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD." 8 After saying above, "SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them" (which are offered according to the Law), 9 then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, 13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, 16 "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," He then says, 17 "AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE”. 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
I. Verses 1 & 2 are part prophecy
A. “..Only a shadow of good things to come and not in the very form….”
1. Not an animal sacrifice, it will be Jesus
B. “..can never by the same sacrifices which they offer…”
1. Repeated animal sacrifice not sufficient
2. They repeated ritual each year
3. Could not make any clear of sin
4. If That were the case they would not continually return
C. If it were sufficient they would not have to return for atonement
1. They would not longer be conscious of the sin
II. Verse 3 tells of reminders and 4 the fact it was not sufficient
A. There is a reminder each year of the sin
B. The blood of animals was not sufficient for sin remission
1. Sin must be removed by a permanent blood sacrifice
2. Hebrews 9:12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
3. Jesus died once for all our sin
III. Verses 5 – 9 again are part prophecy and explanation of what it takes
A. “Therefore when He comes in to the world…”
1. Jesus what else is there to say
B. “…You have not desired..prepared for me…..for sin you have taken no pleasure…”
1. God took no pleasure in preparing Hi sonly son for the ultimate sacrifice