Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Christ’s Sacrifice once for all

4.7.2015 Easter Tuesday                                Hebrews 10:1-18 Christ’s Sacrifice once for all

The one supreme sacrifice of Christ removes the necessity of repeated sacrifices of animals. These repeated sacrifices cannot remove sin. Jesus’ one sacrifice perfected the faithful. After the perfect offering , Jesus is seated now at God’s right hand waiting for all evil forces to be subject  to Him. This once-for-all-time offering initiated a new covenant which cancels all former covenants and their sacrifices. It is a new covenant of forgiveness. Since there is forgiveness in and through the new covenant, there is no need of other sacrifices for sin.[2]

After His perfect sacrifice, Jesus is seated at God’s right hand until all His enemies are defeated. We are now holy and clean because Jesus Christ did what God wanted by bringing his own body as the one Sacrifice for all sin. The sacrifices of the old system could never take away sin. Jesus brought one Sacrifice for sins that would last forever, and then, He sat down at God’s right hand. When a person’s sins have been taken away there’s no loner any need to bring an offering for sin.

Almighty God, through the resurrection of Your Son You have secured peace for our troubled consciences. Grant us this peace evermore that trusting in the merit of Your Son we may come at last to the perfect peace of heaven; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen[3]

[1] Image by Ed Rioja © Higher Things
[2] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John Brokhoff, pg.306 © CSS Publishing, Lima, OH
[3] Collect for Easter Tuesday, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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