This passage talks about how the sacrifice of Jesus both sanctifies us and is completely sufficient for us as well.
His sacrifice sanctifies us. The writer teaches his audience some truths concerning the differences between the earthly priests and God’s holy priest, Jesus. He relates that “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices”! And in fact no matter how many times the priest stood and did the same sacrifice repeatedly, it “can never take away sins”! However, “when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” Jesus did not have to stand and then offer himself repeatedly, as his earthly counterparts had to do! How marvelous to learn that one can depend upon the work of Jesus “once for all”! Interestingly, the writer then ominously makes reference to the fact that “Since that time” of his sacrifice, Jesus “waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.” Notice that Hebrews is referring back to the prophetic writing of David in Psalm 110. Paul would say that our ultimate “enemy” death would be subject to Jesus: “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26 ) To kneel at someone’s feet, to be a footstool is a symbol of complete defeat for the enemy, complete mastery for the victor.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57) Jesus also said, “Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19) and because of that, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10 ) how wonderful to know that His sacrifice sanctifies us!
His sacrifice is sufficient Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come and “he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment… and guide you in all truth” (John 16:8, 13) This is why the author of Hebrews would tell his listeners, “The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this.” The Holy Spirit testifies to the fact that “by one sacrifice He has made we are all made perfect! (v. 14)
The sacrifice of Jesus ended our enmity, our hostility, with God because of our wickedness, our sin. Yet, because of the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are completely and utterly forgiven! Hebrews reminds us this morning because of this forgiveness on the cross, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin! The reason is simple: the sacrifice on the cross is more than sufficient for us!
The cross was not an accident or an unforeseen tragedy that took Jesus by surprise. It was not a temporary setback that God figured out how to turn for good. Rather, the cross was God’s predetermined plan, before the beginning of time, to deal with our sin.
Nevertheless, God has never been only interested in a sacrifice. That sacrifice had to be coupled with a repentant heart to be effective. There is no salvation for any human being apart from Jesus. And the first step is to go back to Jesus, acknowledge His forgiveness with a heart of repentance.
What does it mean to have your sins forgiven?
I want to turn around and head back to You Lord, because I’m reminded of your cross and the great sacrifice. I believe that Your mercy and grace is a gift to me because of Your great love, not based on anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child again. By faith I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and surrender to you as the Lord of my life. In your name I ask. Amen