Daily Devotional: Day 95
“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God . . . For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:11-12, 14, NKJV).
Jesus didn’t just make a difference. He is the difference. The difference He made has impacted your past, your present and your future. Sin is the reason no one could gain eternal life. But Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the reason everyone who believes in Him will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The priests of the Old Covenant were on their feet every day, offering animal sacrifices for sin. Selected animals (goats, sheep and cows) had to die for the sins of the people. But the Bible says those sacrifices could never take away sins. That’s understandable. Animals, which are inferior beings, cannot pay for the sins committed by superior beings (humans).
To take away the sin of humans, you will need the blood of someone from the same human race. Additionally, this person, like the sacrificial animals, must be spotless, i.e. sinless. Here is where Jesus entered the scene. Notice that the Bible speaks of ‘This Man,’ not ‘these men.’ This means only one Priest can save you. Jesus is His Name.
What has ‘This Man’ done for you that should make you leap for joy? A lot of things. Let’s focus on just one. The Bible says Jesus has offered one sacrifice for your sins forever. This means Jesus sacrificed His life for you, and in the process, He has forever atoned for all your sins. Wait, it gets even better. The Bible further explains that by dying for you, ‘This Man’ has perfected you forever.
When you become born again, God makes you holy. Yet He continues – through the work of the Holy Spirit – to sanctify you, i.e. to make you holy in the moral, practical sense (cf. 1 Peter 1:1-2). Jesus’ death has perfected you forever. Did you catch that? ‘This Man’ indeed is the difference. Let us fall at His feet and worship.
My God and Father, I bless you for saving me from my sins through the blood of your Son. With all my heart, I worship you. Fill me with the joy of salvation that I may always declare your marvelous love. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Revelation 5:1-14