It Only Takes Once

photoUnlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once and for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever. (Hebrews7:27-28)

Read: Ezekiel 14:12-23, Ezekiel 15, Ezekiel 16:1-41, Hebrews 7:18-28, Psalms 106:1-12, Proverbs 27:4-6

Relate: Every day, every single day, the dishes need to be washed. I wash them, and they are clean. However, they are dirty again and need washing every day. Have I mentioned this is an every day occurrence? I would LOVE to wash the dishes once and be done with it. I can guarantee people everywhere would rejoice, and tell everyone they knew if they could find a way to wash the dishes once and be done with it for rest of time. Wouldn’t it be amazing?

This is what is being said here in Hebrews 7. The daily need to cleanse yourself is over, people. It is over. Jesus took it all in one shot. You simply need to repent and accept what was done for you! Amazing! We don’t have to wake up each day and seek spiritual cleansing. We can live in the sacrifice that was made once and for all for us.

React: I know I can become forgetful of what a spectacular gift I have received. I will even feel begrudging toward God’s desire for holy living. What?!?!? I deserve to be completely separate from God in my imperfections, yet he sent his son to sacrifice himself to make me clean so I can have the presence of God in my life every day. How foolish I am when I forget this freedom. I want to live a holy life to honor the God who is beyond comprehension and explanation. I want to bring praise to the one who became flesh to free me from the dirt of life.

Respond: 

God, Thank you for your sacrifice. I am amazed by the freedom you have given to me. Please forgive me for times I have been complacent or for times I have tried to earn salvation instead of embrace your gift. Help me to live my life in your presence. Thank you for making the sacrifice so we can be with you despite the dirtiness of life. Amen

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4 thoughts on “It Only Takes Once

  1. Well, the Master DID encourage each other to wash each other’s feet, which means “sin happens” but in humility, we’re to help each other out and act in humility and forgiveness, not that I’m good at that yet like the Master was.

  2. Sorry, my typing is not doing so well tonight. We are to wash each other’s feet: a metaphor for forgiveness and exhortation amongst oursleves, something I’m learning to do more and more with other believers.

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