Read: Hebrews 10:1-18
Religions across the world have sent a message that, to atone for one’s sin they need to give alms to the needy, do good works, or say chants 1000 times, hang themselves on hooks, or crucify themselves on a cross on Good Friday. Whatever we do is not sufficient to cleanse our sin. We fail every time. As Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Only the blood of Jesus can redeem us from our sins and set us free, as He was without any sin.
In olden times, the priests offered the blood of animals which was a substitute that could sanctify and purify sins. The animal sacrifices were temporary, and had to be done again and again. They were linked to times and seasons, to New Moons and Sabbaths. They were tied to time. It was ceremonial and based on the law. The Bible says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (Gal. 3:13). Jesus offered “his own blood” for the ultimate sacrifice. The Bible says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Heb. 10:14). He was crucified between two thieves, and was treated as a criminal, yet he had done no wrong. He was willing, for the joy of our salvation, to “endure the cross despising the shame.” Jesus died “outside the gate” – like an outcast. This was symbolised of old by destroying the bodies of animals “outside the camp.”
Jesus paid our price in full. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for us. “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:2). If you have not appropriated the salvation through Jesus by surrendering your life to Him, can you do that today?