10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’” 8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Jesus gasped, “It is Finished” as he hung on the cross. This statement has become an eternal declaration over humanity: ‘the power of sin and death is broken, forever!’ His gasps came at the end of an earthly life of selfless obedience to his heavenly Father. This was the kind of sacrifice God was looking for all along. Through Jesus’ once for all sacrifice, forgiveness won the day. Forgiveness reigns and speaks louder than condemnation, forever! Once for all. All people, all sin, all time.
I am forgiven, I am set right, I am a child of God. To achieve this, nothing less than the very life of Jesus was needed. To keep this, nothing more is needed than to embrace Jesus and what he has already done for me. This means dropping anything that would encumber this embrace.
Jesus, I embrace you and thank you for changing my identity forever, my sins are forgiven and remembered no more! Teach me to let go of attitudes and desires that encumber this life-giving embrace.
Written by Andrew Mellor