Saturday, October 24, 2020

#SaturdayDevotion: Hebrews 9:11 - 28

Date: 24th October 2020

Jesus Made The Perfect Sacrifice To Save Us.

Hebrews 9:1-10 describe the rituals and repeated sacrifice of blood that the high priest made every year for himself and for the sins of the people. However, these sacrifices were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper (v9). They were external regulations that applied until the time of the new covenant. Hebrews 9:11-15 tell us that Christ came as the High Priest who made a perfect sacrifice by shedding his own blood for us in order to cleanse us from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God. Jesus is the new covenant; the new promise of salvation from our sins. Those who are called to Him and who follow Him (and who do not turn their backs to Him), are promised an eternal inheritance, which is eternal life in God’s presence! How awesome is the promise in Hebrews 9:28 that Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

Unless we hold onto Jesus and the promise of salvation through Him, we are all sinners destined for punishment and destruction. Nothing that we do, no other “sacrifice” we make can cleanse us of this sin. The first part of Romans 6:23 states that the wages of sin is death. However, Jesus has made the ultimate, perfect sacrifice. He was specially sent by God to die so that we could receive God’s forgiveness and our eternal inheritance as part of God’s household (Hebrews 3:6). He needed to do this only once because no other sacrifice was necessary after this. We are saved through the shedding of Jesus’ blood when He died on the cross for us. Therefore, we receive assurance from the rest of Romans 6:23 that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is a demonstration of God’s perfect love. We no longer have to fear punishment and destruction, because perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18).

Personal reflection

Spend some time thanking God for loving you so much that he wanted to save you and welcome you into his family. Thank Him for sending His son Jesus, who became the perfect sacrifice for your sins. Think about the pain and suffering that Jesus was willing to endure for you, and remind yourself of how much He must love you.

Worship God through this song, and remind yourself that the blood of Jesus has saved you. Nothing else is required but that you should follow Him and accept His offer of salvation.