Reflecting on God’s Word …

Hebrews 9:11-12 NLT

[11] So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.

[12] With his own blood-not the blood of goats and calves-he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

Reflection

Christ is the perfect sacrifice!

Christ’s work on the cross was once for all! He was the perfect sacrifice! He paid the penalty for sin. He conquered death. He secured our salvation forever!

Some people think that there should be no need for shedding of blood, penalty for sin, let alone death for sin. They think that a good and loving God would overlook all the terrible things and the sin that is so prevalent in the world.

God is good. God is loving. God is also just and righteous!

In the conversation about God, these two latter attributes are almost overlooked altogether, or at least pushed to the side saying that they don’t apply when it comes to God’s goodness and love. How can anyone, let alone God, be completely loving without considering the consequence of sin and evil? How could a parent love a child without teaching them the consequence for poor, bad, or even sinful behaviour? They can’t! They would not be loving the child completely, and that child would not learn the consequence of sin. Unfortunately, parents are raising their children these days in this exact manner. They are not disciplining them or teaching them the consequences of their actions, thus allowing them to run a mock, disrespect others and have no fear of God.

Sin must have consequences. The consequence of sin is ultimately, death. Sin must be forgiven, pardoned and be paid for by the shedding of blood. Life must be taken to pay for the consequence of sin. Sin is really that bad! Sin is totally destructive and must be dealt with at the root level. That is what Jesus came to do – pay for the penalty of sin, and offer us freedom from it by giving his life in our place. Through faith in Him, we receive the great gift of salvation, an act of grace on our behalf. What great news this is!

Take a few moments to thank the Lord for his great gift of salvation!