“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.’” vss. 5-6
The sacrificial system had been the centerpiece of worship for the people of Israel for centuries. It was a way for them to deal with the guilt and the power of sin. By offering the proper sacrifices people could receive the assurance of forgiveness. It’s important to remember that the system worked! But when the temple was destroyed, and sin remained, there was a problem. The writer of Hebrews believed the solution was to be found in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary. In his death sin was destroyed and there was no more need for sacrifices and offerings. And this new system also worked! The death of Jesus became for Christians a once-for-all event…by his blood believers found forgiveness and life. Whether or not we believe the logic laid out in Hebrews is really beside the point. The bottom line is that forgiveness comes by the grace of God…it’s a gift and doesn’t require payment from us. If we believe the good news we have what it offers, the complete remission of all of our sins. As we prepare for Christmas it’s good to keep this great truth in mind. In Christ our sins are wiped away! The sacrifice is complete!
Thought for the Day: Why is forgiveness important to me?