Once And For All

22nd March

But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sin, good for all time. Then He sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand.”

Hebrews 10:12

Every year, in the Mosaic law, the High Priest would make atonements for peoples sin in the temple. They would bring an offering to sacrifice, and that sacrifice would stand in their place as an atonement for their sins. Yet as the writer of Hebrews writes, if that sacrifice ‘could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshippers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.’ (v2) However, this was not the case. Those sacrifices were not perfect, and people did have to come year after year to repent of their sins and be ‘cleansed’. Yet when Jesus came and presented Himself as the perfect sacrifice, all that stopped. Jesus offered Himself as our sacrifice, a single sacrifice for all sin, for all time. We no longer have to be burdened from the guilt of our sins. We are forgiven and cleansed by the power of what Jesus did. He did it once and that is ‘good for all time!!’ Greater still, His forgiveness has the power to save and set us free, just as powerfully now as it was when He resurrected from the dead. Our God is alive and is full of mercy and forgiveness.