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Once and for all | Trisha Baker
S~ For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Hebrews 10:10 (NLT)
O~ The people of the Old Testament had to make sacrifices on a daily basis and work at living by the law to ensure they were always made right with God. But with the death of Jesus, the daily sacrifices were done away with. Jesus died on the Christ to ensure that there was no need for daily sacrifices any longer. He was the final and only sacrifice needed for us to be right with God once and for all.
A~ It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we have to work at being made right with God. I think this is because we know how short we fall of bring right with God every day, and so we often think we have to work at making ourselves right with God again. But we have to remember that once we accept Jesus into our lives, we are made right with God in that moment and there is nothing we can do to make ourselves not right with God again. Once and for all Jesus was the final and last sacrifice needed to be right with God and it became something that is no longer needed to be worked at on a daily basis. I think if we remembered this everyday our lives might be a little less stressful and be filled with His grace more often on a daily basis.
P~ Father God, thank you so much for coming to this earth and living as our example as well as being the final sacrifice needed for us to be made right with God forever. Help us every day to remember this and not stress ourselves out trying to earn it back or make it right because of the things we do during the day which are not always pleasing to you. Thank you for your daily grace and mercy. In your Precious Name, Amen.
Seated at the Right Hand of God | Joni Tyner
S~ Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the alter day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins, But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Hebrews 10:11-12 (NLT)
O~ This scripture contrasts the differences between the Old and New Testament.
- The sacrifice given by the priest was never enough. The process was repeated again and again and again and again….
- The High Priest, (Jesus) WAS the single-once-for-all sacrifice for sin. This sacrifice was permanent, no amount of human effort can add to this sacrifice. Jesus paid the price with His life and then was seated at God’s right hand.
A~ I grew up in the Lutheran church and remember saying each week that Jesus was seated at the right hand of the Father. I now understand why that was said. He was seated because the work (sacrifice) was done. There is nothing more to add to salvation. Jesus was the sacrifice for us. It is actually insulting and minimizing that sacrifice when people and churches add rules to our salvation. (like the priest standing up and giving sacrifices day after day). Praise God that we aren’t required to earn our way to Heaven.
P~ Dear Lord, help me to serve You as a response to what You’ve already done. I am not loved more by my Christian performance, I am loved and have eternal life because of who You are. Thank you for this reminder this morning.
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