“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit.”
1 Peter 3:18
Rejoice. Your sins are forgiven. Picture this; In the story of Jesus’ crucifixion in the gospels, the writers tell us that when Jesus breathed His last breath, the curtain that separated the ‘most holy place’ from the rest of the temple was torn into two. The significance? It physically demonstrated to us that the separation between God and man was no longer bound by religious works but that by Jesus’ substitutional sacrifice, we could and can enter freely into His Holy presence.
Peter describes it as Jesus making a way for sinners to come home. What a great picture. When Adam and Eve sinned, it is like humanity took a wrong turn in life’s journey, yet when Jesus came, He re-routed us back on the right path and showed us the way home. Notice that Peter says that Christ suffered for sin ‘ONCE’ and ‘FOR ALL TIME’. It wasn’t a sacrifice for that day, or for a specific moment in time, it was for all time. Christ came, died in our place, was raised to life again by the power of the Spirit, once for all time, so that we might be forgiven and find our way home… Praise be to Jesus.